UH freshman defensive tackle seriously injured while diving
HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities say a University of Hawaii football player has been seriously injured after diving at Waikiki Beach.
Emergency Medical Services and Ocean Safety spokesman Shayne Enright has said 19-year-old Kalepo Naotala was injured Saturday when he appeared to hit his head while diving off the wall near the Kapahulu Groin.
Enright said Naotala was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
Naotala is a freshman defensive tackle from Virginia. He signed his letter of intent in February 2016, but delayed enrollment at the university until January of this year to recover from a knee injury. Naotala participated in Hawaii’s spring training and offseason conditioning program this year.
“In six months, Kalepo has made such an impact on our team,” UH coach Nick Rolovich said in a statement. “By being here, Kalepo has strengthened our football program and now it’s time for our program to stick together in support of him and his family. He is, and always will be, a Warrior. At this time, Kalepo and his family can use your thoughts and prayers.”