At a meeting last year, the Kent City Sports Boosters decided to do what they do best, help the student-athletes at Kent City Community Schools, this time in the form of a scholarship for one male student-athlete and one female student-athlete from the class of 2020. Although the class of 2020 made it official last week after a six week delay, it was worth recognizing the inaugural winners of the Kent City Sports Boosters Scholarships: Brendan Boyd for the boys and Mikayla Loew for the girls. Both recipients will receive $1,500 to from the sports boosters to put toward their college education . . . a generous scholarship to two deserving student-athletes.
The decision to create the scholarship was an easy one according to Kent City Sports Boosters President Jerri Coates, “We wanted to provide additional assistance to our athletes and make the scholarship a little different so that students attending trade school were also eligible,” Coates said. “Our role is to support the student-athletes and offering the scholarships was one additional way we could do that.”
Both Loew and Boyd were three sport athletes for Kent City. Loew played volleyball, basketball, and softball for the Eagles, earning eight varsity letters. Her teams won four Conference championships, four District championships and one Regional title. Loew earned 1st team all-conference in basketball this past winter and was a part of seven Academic All-State teams and one Individual Academic All-State nod last fall in volleyball (2019). In addition to athletics, Loew was a member of the Kent City Marching Eagles who won their first State championship in 2019. Next year, Loew plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College where she will train to become an occupational therapist.
Brendan Boyd followed a similar path during his four years at Kent City. In the fall, Boyd played football, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. Kent City made two appearances in the playoffs on the grid-iron with Boyd on the team and won one conference championship. During his senior year, Boyd earned 1st team All-Conference. In his only season of varsity baseball (2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19), Boyd was named 1st team All-Conference and was on the Individual Academic All-State team as well. Overall, Boyd was on four teams that earned Academic All-State. This past year, Boyd made a valuable contribution to Kent City Athletics with his work as a student-writer. His work will be missed, but perhaps he will continue to develop his talent in the fall at the University of Michigan.
In the end, it was difficult to ignore their contributions to Kent City Community Schools, “While all the applications were very good, these two stood out because of their involvement in school, community, and athletics,” Coates commented. “All three of those (attributes) were very important.”
The Kent City Sports Boosters hope to expand the field of applicants for the class 2021. Coates remarked, “Considering the number of seniors involved in our athletic programs, we received a fairly small number of applications.” Let this article serve as your first warning class of 2021, if you participate in athletics at Kent City Community Schools and are planning on attending college or a trade school, you will be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Just another example of the hard work and support the Kent City Sports Boosters offers our student-athletes!