Charity Tenney -
2017 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 31, 2017) - Charity Tenney always
envisioned her future on the basketball court, until she started playing rugby during
her freshman year of high school. She immediately fell in love with the sport
and knew that rugby would soon become a stronghold in her life. The rugby pitch
served as a personal escape for Charity, allowing her to reset from the many
stresses of school and life. The sport of rugby has opened up doors for Tenney like
she has never imagined, from furthering her education, to traveling the world, and
even being named a 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
Charity, a Girl’s U.S. High School All-American,
played for United Rugby Girls Club 15s where she led the team to back to back
Utah State Championship titles in 2016 and 2017. During her career with the
club, she received MVP honors in 2016 and captained the 2017 United 15s
National Championship team. She also played for the Utah Lions Rugby Academy
Ladies 7s in 2016, leading her team to a 1st place finish at the
United World Games for Girls Rugby U18 Elite Division, where she was also one
of the top scorers.
Tenney’s select side honors include attending
the Girls High School All-American Camp in Casa Grande, Arizona in 2016 and
2017; being selected for the CAN-AM 2017 Tournament in Ottawa, Canada; playing
in the 2017 Europe U18 7s Championships in France; and picked for the U.S.A. Rugby
Girls High School All-American European 7s Tour 2016.
Tenney graduated from Orem High School in May
2017 with a 3.96 GPA. As a tri-sport athlete, she was a member of the Orem High
School Women’s Basketball and Volleyball teams and played rugby for various
clubs including United Rugby Girls Club 15s, Utah Cannibals Girls 7s, Utah
Lions Rugby Academy Ladies 7s, and Orem Lady Stallions 15s and 7s. Off the rugby
pitch, she let her impact be known by serving as the president of the Young
Women’s Club and frequently volunteered her time to local organizations. She
was also an active member of Aloha Dance School, performing at various
festivals and events in the community. Her commitment to extra-curricular
activities set her apart from her peers.
“Although she is very skilled and talented, her
greatest asset may be her unmatched work ethic,” said Matthew Kanenwisher,
United Rugby Head Coach. “This is evidenced by the love and respect her
teammates have for her. Always leading by example, with quiet intensity, she is
as happy to be doing the dirty work as she is in scoring. She is fearless,
selfless, and always willing.”
She will continue her academic and athletic
career at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and intends on
studying exercise science. After enduring ACL and MCL tears, she became inspired
to pursue a career in physical therapy and wants to make a positive influence
in the lives of other athletes. Tenney is eager to tackle the challenge of
college rugby with high hopes of one day earning the honor to play for the
U.S.A. Women’s Rugby Team.
“Not only do I want to be well-known on the
field, but also off the field by inspiring female rugby players in the U.S. and
working towards growing the sport,” said Tenney.
“Charity has been a
consistent top side player for us since coming to our program,” said Billy
Nicholas, her coach at Lindenwood. “She is a team player and always gives her
best effort at each training session. She is excelling in her school work and
embodies a student-athlete. Charity is an outstanding candidate for the Kevin Higgins Scholarship.”
Congratulations Charity, on being selected as a
2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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