2008 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (October 6, 2008) - Kelton is another one of those kids who just seems to get things done. He has been around rugby all his life as his father played the game. His father insisted his son do more than just watch rugby as he handed the touch judge flag to him at an early age and taught him the laws of the game. Kelton’s family moved frequently during his upbringing and many times to areas that didn’t have rugby teams. So what did he do when there was no rugby in the community? He would create a team. In fact, he created two teams (so far).
Kelton and his family moved to Bartlesville, OK in his sophomore year of high school. There was no team in sight so Kelton banded his football and soccer mates together to form a team. Two years later the family moved again to Mustang, OK. Again there was no rugby program at his school so he created one, a pretty good one in fact comprised of some of the best athletes from school.
“Rugby has always played a major role in my life,” said the 6’1”, 210 lb. flyhalf. “I am thinking about ways I can get better as a player, recruiting potential players, and studying styles of play from the time my feet hit the floor in the morning till my eyes close in sleep at night. I am motivated daily by the opportunity of even getting a chance to test my skills and knowledge of rugby.”
Usually it takes several years for someone to rack up the rugby credentials that Kelton has already amassed at his young age. Because of his family’s frequent moves, he’s already played for eight different teams at 7s, 10s and 15s. He’s also been his rugby club’s President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer and Recruitment Officer at one time or another. In addition, he was named captain for at least one side and has been voted Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Back on at least one occasion.
Rugby has had such an impact on his life that Kelton passed up the opportunity to play linebacker and kick for an NCAA Division I football program as he wants to concentrate on his goal of playing for the United States National Rugby Team.
The rugby programs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were both hoping to get Kelton to attend their respective universities. In the end, Oklahoma State won out but Ken Forehand, coach of the University of Oklahoma men’s team, recommended Kelton for the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship.
“I had the privilege of coaching Kelton at a young age when he played for the Norman Dragons Youth Team. Even then he displayed fine skills but more importantly, his love for the game really showed and there never seemed to be enough rugby for him. He also showed tremendous respect for his coaches, teammates and the game itself. We lost a recruiting battle to have Kelton come to the University of Oklahoma. While disappointed in the loss to my team, I believe in him as a player and as a human being. He is a very deserving recipient for the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship due to his commitment to rugby, upstanding character and his future in the game.”
Since a young age Kelton has held a special interest in natural medicine and manipulation of the spine and will be pursuing a career as a chiropractor or physical therapist. But rugby will always be a part of his life.
“I plan to continue spreading the culture of rugby throughout the nation by playing for the US National Team or coaching and starting high school and youth rugby programs across the country. The opportunity to play for the Eagles, coach and start new teams would be more than a dream come true…it would be a privilege.”
Congratulations Kelton on being named a Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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