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Christopher Costa -
 2016 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient

San Diego, CA (December 26, 2016) - Many young ruggers dream of representing the United States of America, but 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient Christopher Costa’s dream is a little different. While it is Chris’ dream to represent the U.S. as a U20 All-American, an Eagle, and an Olympian, he intends on utilizing his rugby background to help him succeed in the United States Army. “I live in an amazing country and am thankful enough to want to serve it. I know my rugby training and discipline will help me achieve my goal.”

In 2012, Chris was an inaugural member of the St. John Bosco High School Varsity Rugby 15’s team, who won their division in the same year. He would go on to serve as both co-captain and captain of St. John Bosco in his junior and senior seasons, once again earning division finalist and championship titles. He played for the South Bay Spartans U16 and U18 Rugby Club 15’s and was selected as a member of the Orange County Regional All-Star team. He played for Belmont Shore U18 Rugby Club 7’s and 15’s from 2014-2016 and was named team captain this past season.

His talents caught the eyes of many in 2016, as Chris was selected to Tiger Rugby Academy U18 Las Vegas 7’s team, the Los Angeles County Regional All Star team, Eagle Impact Ruby Academy (E.I.R.A.) select team alternate, Tiger Rugby Residency Academy, and even played on the E.I.R.A. team versus England.

Chris was highly recommended by many to receive the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship for his rugby skills and standout character. “Christopher has never given anything less than 100 percent effort at anything he’s done. There is no doubt in my mind that his determination will allow him to achieve all the goals he has set for himself, both personally and professionally. Additionally, Christopher has always shown focus, integrity, dependability, honesty, maturity, selflessness, and a willingness to learn and grow. I believe Christopher will continue to mature into a very valuable member of our community and an individual the U.S. Rugby Foundation will be proud to say they recognized and assisted along the way,” said Jerome Duhovic, a long-time friend.

Chris will be attending Boise State University in the fall of 2016 and will have the opportunity to further his rugby career at the collegiate level. Following his collegiate playing career, Chris would like to continue to represent his home club, Belmont Shore Rugby Club, at the premiership level. Ultimately, he dreams of playing Pro Rugby in the United States and of course to compete in the Olympic Games! “I cannot even imagine the pride that comes from wearing the red white, and blue for the U.S. and playing the sport that I love,” said Costa.

At Boise State, Christ will major in kinesiology. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he plans on joining the United States Army as an officer with a goal of becoming a special operations Army Ranger. He intends to utilize his kinesiology degree to help him further his physicality and abilities as a ranger.

Chris attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California and graduated with a 3.7 GPA. He was a four-year member of the St. John Bosco football program and yearbook team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. Also, he dedicated numerous hours of community service with Holy Trinity Christian Outreach, Holy Trinity Parish-San Pedro, assisting in preparation and delivery of food donations for the needy on a bi-weekly and holiday basis. Chris says he has a “strong moral obligation” to help those in need, regardless of their religious beliefs or differentiating backgrounds.

Chris’ outstanding character has led him to stand apart as a member of the Boise State Rugby Program. He is described by his coaches as a methodical player who is willing to step in however he can to help his team succeed. His commitment to his team and the sport of rugby is the catalyst to his confidence on the field. “Chris is the type of student-athlete we hope to continue to bring in and he has clearly demonstrated the commitment and ability to develop into a strong leader within our program,” said Boise State Rugby Head Coach, Matt Genetti. "He is a solid student, citizen and passionate rugby player, and is the kind of player who will help the Boise State Rugby Program reach the next level." 

Congratulations Chris, on being named a 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.

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