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Incoming HPU Freshman Volunteers As Head Coach For Special Olympics

03.16.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 16, 2010 – High Point University will be welcoming a student with a heart of gold in the fall of 2010. Kendall Hagar, who will begin her freshman year at HPU in a matter of months, is no stranger to giving back to her community.

Hagar, a native of Centennial, Colo., was recently named as one of the 2010 9Kids Who Care ? an honor bestowed upon nine area kids who go far beyond the ordinary in serving their community. The honor is awarded to the kids by 9NEWS, a TV station in Denver.

Hagar serves as the head coach and volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics Cherry Creek Aquatic Youth Team.

A lifelong swimmer, Hagar began volunteering with the team at the age of 12. In the fall of her junior year, when the diagnosis of a cardiac condition ended her own career, her volunteer efforts took off.

Now, as head coach, Hagar organizes and supervises weekly practices. For the past two years she also coordinated a local Special Olympics swimming meet for her athletes.

Her love of her team and her ability to help others shine in the water has a special place in her heart.

“Volunteering with the Special Olympics is such a rewarding and inspiring experience,” Hagar says. “I have tremendous respect and admiration for every member of my team. Their courage is what keeps me going.”

Hagar is excited to begin at HPU in the fall, where she will use her experience and passion for teaching Special Olympians in her plan to study special education.

“I love the sense of community I felt when visiting campus,” Hagar says. “Everyone seems to support one another for the good of the entire school. I can’t wait to be a part of the HPU family.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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