Congratulations to Maggie Lynn Kleyer, Scrumhalf from Northern Iowa University Women’s Rugby Club, on her selection as the Penn Mutual Student Leader of the month for January.
The Senior from the Women’s Open Division with the Midwest Women’s Collegiate Rugby Conference, Coach Meghan Flanigan says “Maggie has been a power house from the very beginning.”
She has fallen in love with the process of becoming a phenomenal rugby player both off and on the field. She has been a team captain for 3 seasons now and the newbies look up to her. Maggie worked for Camp Adventure for a summer in Hawaii, helping kids who live on Military bases and is also a big advocate for women’s rights. She has been on the team board for 3 years helping make the team more successful year in and year out. Maggie has done a fantastic job in creating a great relationship with the University and securing funds every year. She thrives in the classroom and has maintained a 3.5 GPA average all while playing rugby and working.
Maggie’s dream is to play for rugby the USA National Team and Coach Flanigan says “I have no doubt that she will achieve that dream. Her work ethic is out of this world as she spends hours every day, on her own, working on her skills and fitness.” She says, “My proudest moment as a coach was when Maggie received the “Teammate of the Year” through the Concussion Legacy Foundation for the 2018-2019 season. She helped her teammate after she became concussed in a rugby match. Maggie stopped play and got the referee’s attention to allow time for her teammate to get off the field in time.”
Maggie has spent some time researching about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the effects of head injuries and how to prevent them. She passes down her knowledge to the players it’s because of her that they have been successful in changing their concussion culture at UNI.
Coach Flanigan is proud to be her coach and proud of the empowering woman Maggie has become throughout the past 4 years.