Manistee’s Danielson Receives Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

MANISTEE – For some high school athletes, they dedicate their lives to a sport in hopes to get a scholarship to play at the next level.

But for Manistee’s Kaylie Danielson, it’s a completely different story.

Danielson applied to 15 universities as her time at Manistee High School is coming to an end. One of those was Midland University, that she applied to for fun. As she applied, she saw something about playing lacrosse, which she assumed was for the club team, but she was wrong.

She got a call from the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at the college.

“He was asking me, he’s like what position do you play on your team? And I was like, we don’t even have a team,” said Danielson. “And he’s like okay so what makes you interested and I told him I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for me just to play something, to try something new and see where it takes me and he loved my spirit and offered me a scholarship and a position on the team.”

So after never scoring a goal, running down the field, or even picking up a stick, Danielson became a future college lacrosse player.

“I’ve played basketball, I’ve played volleyball, I ran track and played softball,” she said. “And when I met the coach he was going over plays and showing me what they do in practice and during games and to me it looks like a mix of soccer and basketball and I’m familiar with both so it just seems like it’d be fun.”

Danielson also loves to travel and go and do new things, so moving away and being on a team that will travel is the perfect fit for her.

“I want to get to have different experiences and get to go seet the world and doing this is definitely going to be the right path for me if I want to do that,” Danielson added.

Even in a crazy situation like her’s, she’s getting lots of support.

“When I got off the phone with the coach and I told my parents about it they were like ‘oh you have to go! They’re going to pay for your college, you’ll get to travel. This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Danielson.  “And I agreed with them, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

She’ll be heading off to Fremont, Nebraska in the fall and hopes to major in Biology.


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