Lindey Wise -
2013 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 5, 2013) - Lindey Wise touched a rugby ball for the very first time at a summer rugby camp in 2009 just prior to her freshman year at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, WI. By the time she was a sophomore she was starting in the second row and helped lead Divine Savior to the Wisconsin State Championship title, the Midwest title and a third place finish at the Girls High School Nationals. Lindey capped off by season by earning the Most Improved Forward Award from her teammates and was also named to the All State team.
Lindey’s talent was really beginning to shine in her junior year at Divine Savior. Her team defended the Wisconsin and Midwest titles and once again placed third at Nationals. She was named to the All State team and this time earned the Most Valuable Forward Award by her DSHA teammates. She also played on Divine Savior’s sevens team that took third place at the CRC 7s High School Rugby Challenge in Philadelphia.
But the honors blossomed for both her and her team in her senior year at Divine Savior. She was named Co-Captain of a team that won the Wisconsin and Midwest titles for the third year in a row. DSHA finished third in the country again in 15s and took home the championship title at the 2013 CRC 7s High School Rugby Challenge. Lindey was named DSHA’s Rugger of the Year; she was the captain of the Wisconsin Select Side; she participated in the Midwest Elite U19 Team Camp; and she was also selected to the Division I All Tournament Team at the 2013 High School Rugby Championships.
While there were golden moments on the rugby pitch, 2013 has been a trying one for Lindey off the field. Her grandfather, a big influence on her life, passed away this winter after an 18 month battle. Then her mother was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Faith plays an important role in Lindey’s life and she counted on that faith to see her through those challenges. She cites Corinthians 9:24-27 as the philosophy that guides her life, and rugby for allowing her to express it.
“Rugby has taught me that by fulfilling my potential in every opportunity, I will achieve success. Rugby has also taught me that success comes from determination and dedication, and playing rugby has inspired me to take on each challenge head on. Every day is a struggle to know that I cannot help my mom win her battle against colon cancer, but what I can do is try to brighten her day with a smile. Therefore I try to keep a smile on my face, take each day one day at a time, and believe the future is brighter. I aspire to serve as an inspiration for others.”
Her coach at DSHA, John Klein, had this to say about Lindey.
"I have been coaching rugby now for 15 years and I have never worked with a young lady who I am more proud of than Lindey. I look back over the four years and I have witnessed tremendous growth in Lindey as a rugby player but more importantly as a person. She is a phenomenal player who has grown into one of the most well-rounded rugby players I have ever coached. She will be missed for her rugby ability and leadership. Most importantly she will be missed for the person she has become.”
At Divine Savior High School, Lindey had a cumulative GPA of 3.5. She earned Second Honors (3.0-3.59 GPA) her freshman year; First Honors (3.6-4.0 GPA) her sophomore, junior and senior years; Outstanding Academic Effort Award her junior year; and was voted by her senior class the 2013 Mardi Gladson Award as the person who does “a lot of work behind the scenes” for a number of school events.
She also played basketball and softball at DSHA before turning her attentions to rugby. She was a member of DSHA’s Campus Ministry Counsel for all four years planning assemblies and activities, organizing food collections, organizing senior retreats, and a number of other duties. She also organized and took part in events for the Best Buddies Club during her junior year.
Lindey also gave back to her community by volunteering with the National Kidney Foundation where she worked the booth at numerous fairs; the St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program where she served food to the poor and vulnerable; the Hunger Task Force helping sort food and working in the pantry; and the Child Christ Society where she assisted less fortunate mothers by watching their children.
Lindey dreams of “one day putting on the USA jersey and representing all the women rugby players across the nation, playing for the United States of America.” She appears to have continued her rugby prowess from high school to her new team at Quinnipiac University, so says her coach, Becky Carlson.
“During preseason of 2013 this past August, Lindey endured two grueling weeks of an introduction into NCAA Women's Rugby. She was selected by the coaching staff as our 2013 Bobcat Preseason Camp MVP. As a student-athlete, Lindey is a leader by example. Her experience here at QU as a freshman has placed her in what I like to refer to as "fast forward." Everything from her development in the classroom and reviews of her performance out on the field show that she has rapidly taken to the QU Rugby system as well as rigorous academics as a first year PT student. Physical Therapy is our most demanding major and Lindey continues to shine with positive feedback from each of her professors.
“Lindey started in 8 of 11 regular season games this Fall and started in two postseason matches in the round of 16 and 8 for the national tournament. We expected great things from Lindey and she has exceeded our expectations in only her first semester here at QU. We are excited to watch her career unfold at QU and feel blessed that she is a part of our program.”
Congratulations Lindey on being named a 2013 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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