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Kobie Tuckson -
 2018 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient

San Diego, CA (December 17, 2018) - After years of playing basketball, baseball, track and football, Kobie Tuckson had still never felt complete until the day he found rugby. For the 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient, the pitch is a place to call home. Rugby transformed Tuckson from an average player to a major contributor, obsessed with the idea of self-improvement. Through rugby, he would find his own voice, develop leadership skills he never knew he had, and gain a family of coaches and teammates via the brotherhood of the sport.

“Sports is my passion and rugby is my life,” said Tuckson.

Kobie was introduced to rugby through the Washington Warriors Youth Rugby Club in Washington D.C. and has never looked back. During high school, he played for the Bell Griffins Rugby team, a club team at Bell Multicultural Education Center sponsored by Washington, D.C. Youth Rugby. He would serve as captain for the Bell Griffins and earn multiple “Man of the Match” awards. He was recognized for his play by being named to the All MET 1st team for Division II. Tuckson was also a member of the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy DC Elite team for two seasons.

“Unlike traditional American sports, rugby requires a level of patience that is not common, particularly in football. When Kobie played his first game, his athleticism and intensity were obvious. What he didn’t understand at the time was how to channel that intensity in a way that would benefit his team, teammates, and himself. The team looked up to Kobie, because he showed no fear and a strong desire to be successful. One of the benefits of rugby is that it allows an individual to grow as a person and as a player due to its character-building tenets. Throughout his first season, I witnessed Kobie grow from a very intense young man to a young man that can be intense when the moment dictates,” said Marcus Wood, Washington D.C. Youth Rugby Coach.

Kobie graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. In addition to rugby, he was a member of the basketball team during his freshman year and played four years of football. He was dedicated to community service, having served over 125 hours of service through multiple organizations such as God’s Gift Christian Child Care, Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, and Washington D.C. Youth Rugby Club. Tuckson was an active member of the Black Cultural Alliance and served as a “Mustang for a Day” student guide at his school.

Tuckson has chosen to attend Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he will pursue a degree in sports management and play for the Kutztown rugby team. He is eager to learn the system and buy into the strength and condition program. After college, Kobie would like to extend his career by playing with a local men’s semiprofessional team or professionally.

He is responsible, punctual, honest and accountable. He lives above the line here on this campus and I am proud to coach him. I love seeing his positive interaction with his teammates and watching how he's slowly changing from this boy into this young man,” said Larry S. Chester, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Associate Head Coach.

Congratulations Kobie, on being named a 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.

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