Over the past seven years the GPA Hawaii Football Camp has helped put local kids on the map. A chance to showcase their skills in front of college coaches. For one camper Reno Vitale this year it was much more then that. It was his first chance to return to the sport he loves that just under two years ago was almost taken away forever.

"Every single college coach that has come here, every single kid has heard this story, just can not believe the passion that has come out of this person," Rich Miano said.

What first caught their attention was his nearly five mile walk from home up that big hill of Kamehameha Kapalama.

"Ended up waking up at five in the morning and left the house around six," Reno Vitale said.

Arriving seven hours early for the GPA Football Camp

"To have that much enthusiasm, to be here that early, and then he proceeded to help me set up the whole clinic," Miano said.

Nobody knew the full extent to the story of Reno Vitale.

"I was supposed to be paralyzed," Vitale said.

Now going into this sophomore year at McKinley High School but during practice as an 8th grade football player his life would change.

"I broke my neck," Vitale said.

The coaches at the GPA camp did not know until after this interview that the five mile walk had a much deeper meaning.

"After the injury I thought I wasn't going to walk again but then I guess miracles happen once in a life time," Vitale said.

"This kid is turning out to kind of super man. When you think about you and I were on the field and we watched, here comes the coaches blowing the whistle and he was the first one to line up in that drill. He was the first one to be at this clinic and now has overcome these physical things and most people would probably never play football again, feel sorry for themselves. Here is a kid trying to get to college the hard way," Miano said.

Vitale is going to find out very soon if he is going to be cleared for full contact this fall with the Tigers. the dream was on hold but not over by any stretch.

Whats the dream?

"Play college football hopefully," Vitale said.