Scholarships helped Quimby graduate with well-rounded student-athlete experience
Marina Quimby was instantly hooked at her first Bowling with the Bods as a freshman softball player. The yearly event features Washburn student-athletes bowling with Special Olympics athletes. Spreading awareness of mental disabilities has been important to Quimby since high school.
“When I went to that event for the first time, I fell in love with it,” Quimby said.
As president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a senior, Quimby had a major hand in planning this year’s event. One of her goals was to increase student-athlete attendance, and her efforts more than doubled the participation. She also added more prizes for the Special Olympians.
“That was my favorite part of the night – getting to draw names and see their reaction when they won something. It was awesome,” Quimby said.
Scholarships allowed Quimby to play softball, focus on her studies and participate in activities like Bowling with the Bods that inspire her passions. Looking back, she knows she wouldn’t be leaving college with a degree, valuable experience and an internship in place without support from athletic donors.
“Donors make everything possible,” she said. “They gave me an opportunity to play the thing I love and put my time into something I’m passionate about. This is an opportunity I would not have had without those scholarships.”
Quimby graduated in May 2016, with a bachelor’s in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology and sport management. She also received a minor in business. She spent her final semester interning at Rebound Sports Performance after a full day of classes and practice. She’ll intern over the summer with USA Rugby near her hometown of Aurora, Colorado.
She also excelled on the field, starting nearly every game during her career as an infielder or pitcher. She was named both the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Female Senior Athlete of the Year at her senior athletics awards banquet. She also won the Sibberson Award, the top academic award given to Washburn graduates.
Determination from the start and a great plan got Quimby where she is now.
“I was always into sports performance and realized one day I may want to run my own facility. I realized I needed some business knowledge. My advisor got me on a really good path.”
That led to the double emphasis and business minor.
“I felt like I was getting a more rounded education for what I wanted to do.”
Scholarships helped Marina Quimby have the full university experience as a student-athlete. If you want to support future Ichabod leaders like her, give to the Ichabod Scholarship Fund now or contact Bruce Steinbrock by email or at 785.670.1334 to discuss how you can change student-athletes' lives.