2020-21 KEVIN HIGGINS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Lyric Greenhill-Casados has faced her fair share of adversity, but because of rugby’s influence on her life, she is confident that she can tackle and overcome whatever life throws her way. “Playing rugby has been quite an experience. It has taught me that if I continue to work hard and be myself, the negative opinions of others do not matter. Rugby has also helped me to gain more confidence in myself and my body, and has shown me that I can do anything if I put my mind to it,” says Greenhill-Casados.
Lyric played two years of rugby as a member of the South Bay Lady Spartans and Los Alamitos Girls Rugby program. With Los Alamitos High School Girls Rugby, she served as co-captain of her team and was recognized as the 2019-2020 MVP. As a member of the South Bay Lady Spartans, she won the 2019 National High School Girls Club Rugby Division I Championship and also played in notable tournaments including the California State Games U18 Cup and helped secure her team’s standing as a finalist in multiple Southern California Youth Rugby divisions.
Off the pitch, Lyric excelled in the classroom and was an active participant in many extracurricular activities and volunteer opportunities. In addition to holding a 3.6 grade point average, she served as the associated student body commissioner of activities and vice president of the African Descendants United Club at Los Alamitos High School. She also participated in dance and competitive gymnastics. She will continue her academic and athletic career at Life University where she intends to study psychology and pursue a career as a private investigator or criminal profiler for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She hopes her collegiate rugby experience will teach her new skills both on and off the pitch and would love to play at the professional level one day.
Greenhill-Casado says she would like to help grow the sport and help younger players better understand the game. “Lyric is an impressive student athlete who goes above and beyond with her communicativeness, responsiveness, and focus on the task. She’s a great choice for this honor and will be a great representative of our program both on the field and in the classroom. She’s a team player and her coaches have been impressed with her maturity and character,” said Rosalind Chou, Life Women’s Rugby Head Coach.