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Northwestern senior McHugh (Episcopal Ac., Phantastix) brings lacrosse to Jamaica

Sunday, 2nd November 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 11/2/14
Courtesy of Northwestern Univ. School of Education and Social Policy

After receiving the Kabiller Award through the Northwestern athletic department, School of Education and Social Policy senior Blake McHugh (Episcopal Academy, Phantastix) traveled to Jamaica over the summer with the goal of impacting children’s lives. Her vehicle was the sport of lacrosse.

Blake McHugh (left)

Blake McHugh (left) – Photo courtesy of Northwestern Sports Information, Stephen J. Carrera

Last year McHugh (second from left in photo) was one of five winners of the inaugural Irving Kabiller Award for Excellence in Character, Commitment and Community. This award is given through the Northwestern University Athletic Department and NU for Life, an organization that helps student athletes transition from college to the professional world.

With the help of the Kabiller Award, McHugh was able to travel to Jamaica with the nonprofit organization Fields of Growth. The mission of Fields of Growth is to spread the sport of lacrosse to the children of Jamaica and Uganda.

A human development and psychological services major, McHugh interned at Lurie Children’s Hospital during her sophomore year. She applied for the Kabiller Award because of her desire to continue making an impact in young people’s lives.

Coaches may nominate third-year students to apply for the Kabiller Award. Nominees are selected on the basis of criteria including citizenship in the Northwestern athletics community, excellence in all areas, an altruistic attitude and personal qualities of integrity and morality. Nominees are also active in the University’s athletic philanthropies NU for Life and Cats Give Back.

Nominees submit a proposal for the chance to have their “ultimate professional development experience.” Winners receive $5,000 to fulfill their dream and are also paired with a mentor.

The Kabiller Award is presented each year at the Wildcat Professional Excellence Program in October. Irving Kabiller is the father of NU for Life benefactor and former Northwestern student-athlete David Kabiller. McHugh, an attack player, scored five goals in 2014 and earned Academic All-Big 10.

Photos: Blake McHugh, shown second from left in the top photo taken at the Kabiller Award ceremony, worked with Fields of Dreams to take lacrosse to children in Jamaica.



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