2008 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (October 6, 2008) - Kim Hash started playing rugby during her sophomore year in high school. “I grasped the rules and concepts of the game fairly quickly,” said the West Virginia University freshman. “I have played other sports but no sport created the same intensity of play. Rugby has provided me with a new found confidence which I have been able to apply to other areas of my life.”
At Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA, Kimmy graduated with a 3.7 GPA. In addition to rugby, where she lined up at prop, #8, center and flanker, Kim played volleyball and basketball. Despite keeping good grades and active in sports, she still found time to volunteer at a number of area organizations, including Main Line Animal Rescue; Walk for Hunger; St. Patrick’s Bible Camp and helped deliver Thanksgiving meals to seniors.
Her high school coach at Conestoga, Ari Christakis, had this to say about her senior captain.
“Kimmy played a vital role in our undefeated regular season this year in the Eastern Penn Rugby Union. Her “coachability” at practice, determination, athleticism, aggressive attitude on the field, and—most of all— her leadership, will be impossible to replace now that she has graduated. She will be a tremendous asset to West Virginia University’s rugby and academic programs.
“It is my understanding that Kevin Higgins played our game with a spirit and passion that was exceptional. In my 10 years of coaching high school rugby players, I have neither coached, nor seen, a player (male or female) approach a rugby pitch with the controlled aggression and zeal that Kimmy displays in every phase of play. I firmly believe that it would be a credit to the US Rugby Foundation, and a particularly good fit with what I know of the play of the gentleman for whom this scholarship is named, to offer Kimmy Hash a Kevin Higgins Scholarship.”
Kim has settled into freshman life at WVU and has made her presence felt with the university’s women’s rugby team.
“Kim has truly been a godsend and a breath of fresh air for me as a first year coach for this team,” said WVU women’s rugby coach Chris Anderson. “Upon Kim's first five minutes of playing time with us, she leveled some poor girl on the other team with a devastating hit out of nowhere. We knew she belonged. Her nickname “Kimpossible” was born.
“Kim has consistently shown up for practices as well as the games that we've had. She does not complain about anything we ask of her. She goes about her job, asks questions when she needs to, gives a very silent type of support to her teammates and leads by example, all as a freshman. If this says anything about her ability, heart and determination - she has nearly locked up the inside center spot on our team and there aren't many that question the decision.
“I asked one of her current teammates to describe her in 10 words and she said: ‘Energetic but happy go lucky, competitive, tough, physically and mentally.’"
"She's a great kid and is very deserving of the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship. She'll be playing for a long time here at WVU.”
Kim is majoring in Pre-Criminology and Forensic Investigations at WVU and would like to have a career in law enforcement with a local agency. Her ultimate goal is to work for the FBI as a profiler helping to identify behavioral issues in criminal minds.
Congratulations Kim on being named a Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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