COLUMBUS, OHIO – Former Columbus Ice Hockey Club (CIHC) player Cassidy Guthrie of Upper Arlington has been named one of three recipients of the 2015 NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund academic scholarship, the National Hockey League and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund announced today at the Congressional Hockey Caucus event in Washington, D.C.
Guthrie, 19, began playing hockey 11 years ago when she joined CIHC, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ local partner within the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone™ program that provides youth from all backgrounds the opportunity to play hockey, learn essential life skills, and the core values of hockey.
After being introduced to the sport through CIHC, Guthrie sought additional opportunities and joined the CCYHA’s Columbus Sting girls’ hockey program before advancing to the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League where she played for the Cleveland-based Ohio Flames. Her youth hockey resume also includes playing on a local boys travel team while she was in 7th grade.
Guthrie is currently a sophomore at Miami University, where she is studying English education and playing for the Redhawks’ women’s club hockey team. The scholarship will be applied to her remaining two years at Miami.
Other recipients of the 2015 NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships are Wyatt Christiansen from Calgary’s Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) program and Austin Verissimo from the Hockey in Newark program. Each recipient is from one of the League’s Hockey Is For Everyone™ nonprofit organizations, which provides programming and support to local youth hockey organizations across North America.
Since 2012, the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarship has been raising funds through the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge, which is taking place tonigh at 7 p.m. ET at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the practice facility of the Washington Capitals. This friendly, but competitive, game will have U.S. and Canadian lawmakers, along with Congressional staff and Administration officials, face off against lobbyists. This year, members of the USA Warriors Ice Hockey program and Washington Capitals alumni will also participate. Visit CongressionalHockeyChallenge.com for more information.
About the Columbus Ice Hockey Club (CIHC)
CIHC started in 1999 and focuses on providing on-ice and off-ice opportunities for youth in the Central Ohio area. In partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, CAHA, the Chillers, and CCYHA, CIHC has been providing year-round ice skating and ice hockey instruction for more than 27,000 program participants. CICH also provides off-ice programming for club participants in the areas of conditioning, academic support, violence prevention, and community service.