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.
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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