MANOA (KHNL) - Thousands of kids here in Hawaii have learned the game of football by playing in the Pop Warner leagues.
But there's a growing number of kids, who are unable to play organized football because of the weight limit in their respective age group.
Kids like 14-year old, Wyman Tanouye, who at 5'10 and 300 pounds, would never get the chance to play football, if it weren't for the big boys league.
"This program is a good program for me because it keeps me in shape and if I wasn't in this league right now, I'd usually be at home doing nothing, watching tv and eating", said Tanouye.
The big boys league was first started 5-years ago by Doc Taula and the late Sekeli Wily. Sekeli's brother, Taylor has taken over for his brother and is hoping to expand the league to include more teams, than the current 12 that already exist.
"Football is a game, if we can use that tool to help any kids stay off the streets, I mean we've heard it before but it's actually being done here", said Wily.
If you need proof of the league's success, look no further than the Kahuku High School football team. Many of the players on this year's Red Raider team learned the game, as former players of the big boys league.
"There's kids that started here, that would've sat the bench their freshman and sophomore years because they're catching up, they don't have the basics of football. This allows kids that can't make Pop Warner weight to learn the basics of football, so when they get to the next level, they're not so far behind", said Wily.
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