The vision began with one woman, Betty Taufoou. Betty was a single mother whose unconditional love, passion, hard work and dedication to T [LEMO Founder] and his sister, Trina, became the inspiration for the LEMO Foundation. Growing up they were faced with many hardships, but Betty found a way to provide her kids with opportunities to be successful, and her commitment to strong values, high quality education, and creating a better life for her children became the founding principle of the LEMO Foundation.
Inspired by Betty’s commitment to family, T & his wife, Ali, founded The LEMO Foundation to honor her legacy. On September 11, 2008, Ali and T opened their modest two-bedroom apartment to create opportunities for under-served youth to pursue their dreams for a better life. They turned their dining room into an academic resource center with two desktop computers, converted their family room into an additional bedroom for youth that needed a warm place to sleep, and utilized the hills surrounding their apartment and a local track as their workout facility. They were completely committed.
Today, LEMO impacts hundreds of kids through their community outreach program at LEMO U [43,000 square foot facility located in Redwood City CA], and directly supports 20 Playmakers each year with academic support, athletic training and life skills development.