Kelsi Broyles, a native of Independence, Mo., was recently awarded as a 2013-2014 Scholar Athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Broyles is entering her sophomore year as a pitcher and infielder for the Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods Monarchs.
The NFCA recognizes as scholar-athletes those players who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher during full-time enrollment and team participation. Out of the nearly 5,000 students selected for the honor, only 183 across the US came from the junior college ranks, with Broyles the only MCC recipient.
Kelsi chose Maple Woods primarily because she could play softball and be afforded the opportunity to play numerous positions. She will earn her Associate of Arts in May 2015 and then plans to move on to a four-year school to study nursing.