Four years ago, Kat Ramage was a soccer goalkeeper preparing for her freshman season at Roxbury High School. But then she discovered rugby, and her life changed direction.
Early Monday morning, Ramage boarded a flight to Little Rock, Ark., to spend the summer at the American Rugby Pro Training Center. One of three recent high school graduates in the elite residency program, Ramage is going to further develop her skills in preparation to play at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
ARPTC founder and head coach Julia McCoy likened the program to "a rugby prep school," with 15 players that range in age from just out of high school like Ramage to a couple of years post-college.