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College dedicates new soccer scholarship

Steve White remembers his coaching career to date in what he describes as snapshots.It’s a large photo album, with almost 20 years of coaching soccer, but Stuart Rippy’s aggressive style and passion for the game stands out. White, now the Colorado Mountain College soccer program director, hopes the Eagles find a few players like the former Glenwood Springs High School standout, with some help from a new scholarship named after Rippy.”My interest in naming the scholarship on Stuart’s behalf is out of regard for his high level of athleticism and soccer skill,” said White, who coached Rippy at Glenwood Springs.The Stuart Rippy Athletic Scholarship Fund is for student-athletes attending the Roaring Fork Campus of CMC and playing on the men’s or women’s soccer team. Rippy, who was found Christmas Day in 2002 after dying in his sleep, was an all-league defender and named the Demons’ player of the year in 1997.It is the second soccer scholarship available to Eagles players. The Liga de Futbol Scholarship started last year when the CMC became a Division I member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.”(The scholarships) are going to make a big difference to us in recruiting,” said White, who can scholarship up to 18 players under NJCAA rules. “We’ll be able to contribute to a student’s education and it’s an attractive recruiting tool.”Both scholarships will be funded through contributions, as well as fund-raising events. The Stuart Rippy Scholarship will raise money through the CMC/Stuart Rippy Golf Classic at Lakota Canyon Ranch on Aug. 12 and the CMC/Dog Days of Summer 3v3 Soccer Classic Aug. 13-14.The Liga Scholarship is funded through the operating funds of the Liga de Futbol and revenue from the Colorado Mountain Cup summer tournament at Gates Soccer Park.Both scholarships are awarded through student-athlete applications.For information, applications or to make contributions to the scholarships, contact Steve White at slwhite@coloradomtn.edu, 947-8253; or Carol Brown at cjbrown@coloradomtn.edu, 947-8355.


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