Cliff Kigar

Student Athlete

An honors graduate of Shanahan Middle School in Lewis Center, Ohio, Cliff Kigar handled the transition to Olentangy High School very well, earning excellent grades and participating in extracurricular activities. A strong athlete, he ran cross-country during the fall, a sport that helps him stay in shape for the spring field lacrosse season. His older brother, who recently graduated from the school, played as an attackman for the Olentangy Braves; Cliff Kigar learned a great deal about the sport from him, as well as a deep love for the game. He has played with several good local juvenile teams over the years, including the Liberty Iroquois and the Resolute 2015 team. His freshmen year at Olentangy, he played both junior varsity and varsity lacrosse, and earned his varsity letter after starting at Attack during the playoffs. In the summer of 2012, he played with the Haymakers 2015 team, and was selected as an All-Star at the Ohio State University high school tournament. This Haymakers' group of rising sophomores went on to win the OSU high school tournament.

Now a sophomore, Cliff Kigar continues to excel. After earning a grade point average of 3.852 his freshman year, he takes honors and other advanced classes. Particularly proficient in math and science, he aspires to become an engineer. Cliff Kigar takes the additional responsibilities that arise as he matures very seriously and has been attending to his spiritual health as well. He enjoys the relaxed and easy times spent with the Young Life group at his church, and he has been spending a great deal of time with the Campaigners, a teen Bible study group.

An avid sailor, Cliff Kigar belongs to the Alum Creek Sailing Association and crews on his family’s sloop, BLAZE. He also enjoys several other water sports, including swimming and skimboarding as well as fishing. A budding musician, Kigar plays the guitar and is well known for standing in with the band Ricky Gene Hall and the Goods.

JDRF One Walk

Mechanical engineering student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Clifford "Cliff" Kigar is an avid supporter of JDRF, the leading organization in type 1 diabetes research worldwide. Part of Cliff Kigar’s support involves the yearly JDRF One Walk, taking place in cities around the United States and worldwide, where participants aim for the finish line to end type 1 diabetes forever.

For more than 45 years, JDRF has aimed to find a cure for this autoimmune disease, which strikes people of all ages with no warning or cause. With no true cure, those suffering from the disease must monitor their blood sugar at all times, and administer sometimes painful insulin shots when needed. Having raised over 2 billion dollars during its span, the foundation continues to advocate for the true end to this form of diabetes.

The JDRF One Walk brings together almost one million people yearly, for a fun and family friendly event. Those walking for a change can donate the amount they wish, and make their voices heard around the world for the importance of this life-altering research. With over 200 walks a year, those interested can also begin their own, but not within an hour of an existing walk.

JDRF One Walk - Fundraising to Eradicate Type 1 Diabetes

A high school senior, Clifford “Cliff” Kigar is a student athlete and community advocate. Cliff Kigar enjoys giving back to his community by participating in events like the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

On June 6, 2015, JDRF is hosting One Walk (formerly known as Walk to Cure Diabetes) at Kings Island on 6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason, Ohio. Organized by the Southwest Ohio Chapter, the two-mile walk starts at 8 a.m., with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. The goal for the 2015 event is $445,460, which will be used to fund research studies and awareness campaigns about type 1 diabetes.

An autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes prohibits the body from producing natural insulin. Those diagnosed with the disease are unable to convert their food into a source of energy, creating a constant struggle to maintain their health. To date, there is no cure for the disease and the population of type 1 diabetes-diagnosed patients continues to grow at a rate of approximately 30,000 individuals a year across the nation.

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Lacrosse the Nations Volunteerism

A former cross country runner and football player, Clifford “Cliff” Kigar found a joy for lacrosse during high school. Using his passion for the sport to help others, Cliff Kigar joined Lacrosse the Nations as a volunteer and donor.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit, Lacrosse the Nations relies heavily on volunteers to carry out its mission in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Using lacrosse as a medium to connect with local citizens, the organization staffs volunteers, who contribute 10 to 12 hours per week teaching and coaching at-risk children in the sport. Their effort helps build stronger communities and provides youth a healthy outlet to develop teamwork and athletic skills. In addition, volunteers gain the added benefit of exploring the countryside while donating their time.

Lacrosse the Nations was founded in 2008 by Brad Corrigan and Brett Hughes, who were seeking to bring hope and joy to downtrodden communities through this challenging and fun sport. Since its inaugural trip to La Chureca in Nicaragua in 2009, the non-profit has positively impacted the lives of numerous youth in Latin America.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Recognized as Top University

An honors student and US Lacrosse All-American in high school, Clifford (Cliff) Kigar started attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2015 as a Rensselaer Medal Scholarship member of the men's lacrosse team. Cliff Kigar balances his athletic commitments with his studies in engineering at RPI.

In a recent press release, RPI announced that U.S. News & World Report again included the university on its list of the best universities in the country and ranked RPI 41st out of all universities in the nation,. Founded in 1824, RPI explains that it is known for delivering a rigorous academic experience focused on innovation in the classroom, laboratory, and studio. RPI was tied for the 41st best college with a number of other prestigious universities, including Boston University and the University of California at Davis.

According to RPI, U.S. News also determined that the school has the 31st best undergraduate engineering program in the nation and the 61st best undergraduate business program. RPI’s superior programs attract a diverse and talented student body. In the class of 2019, there are more than 150 students with perfect SAT scores in one subject and almost 80 high school salutatorians or valedictorians.

The History of Lacrosse

A recent honors graduate of Olentangy High School (OHS), Clifford “Cliff” Kigar has a passion for lacrosse. Cliff Kigar has served as an attackman for the OHS varsity high school team and elite lacrosse leagues, such as the Haymakers 2015 squad. Lacrosse can be traced back to the 1400s in North America.

Lacrosse has always been an extremely physical game. At its origin, the game was played by Native American tribes with teams that had up to a 1,000 players, and fields that reached over a half of a mile. Original players would use sticks to move deerskin balls down and across a field. The object of these early lacrosse games was to get the ball into the opponent’s goal. However, these games had spiritual ties as well.

Modern lacrosse was developed in the 1800s by French settlers in Canada. In 1867, a Canadian dentist named George Beers drafted the first official version of rules. These rules are very similar to those that are honored today. Lacrosse gained popularity in the Northeastern United States. Today, it is a game that requires skill, physicality, and teamwork.