Southwest Florida Christian Academy’s Kaitlin Schafe and Meghan Sullivan were at the center of a historic day for the school’s athletic program Wednesday.
Schafe, a golfer, and Sullivan, a softball player, became the first Kings players in their respective sports to sign athletic scholarships.
Schafe will be taking her swing to NAIA Northern New Mexico College, while Sullivan will pitch and play in the infield at St. Petersburg College.
“I think sometimes when kids go to school they are not equipped to move away from home,” SFCA golf coach Mike Tindle said of Schafe’s signing.
“She’s definitely equipped and it will be a good thing for her.”
Schafe’s father, Mark, used the recruiting service National College Scouting Association to obtain exposure for his daughter and when Northern New Mexico called for an interview, both liked the fit.
In the first year for girls golf at SFCA, Schafe placed second at the District A-17 tournament and advanced to regional play.
Sullivan has 32-16 record with a 1.85 ERA in three seasons of varsity softball. She holds a .445 career batting average and is also a standout in the classroom with a cumulative GPA of 4.23.
“She’s always been taught since she was young that it was God, family, school and then sports,” Sullivan’s mom, Rhonda Rainer, said. “She comes home and she does her homework, she brings books to practice and games.
She always knew from the time she was little that if she didn’t keep her grades up, she wouldn’t be playing softball.”