University of Calgary

Soccer star creates endowed award

September 11, 2007

The University of Calgary is pleased to announce the creation of the Kathy Ranheim Women's Soccer Award. The endowed award is being funded by former University of Calgary soccer star Kathy Ranheim (left). The award is available to any returning student on the women's soccer team that has maintained a satisfactory academic standing in the previous fall and winter sessions as a full-time student at the University of Calgary or to incoming students with an admission average of at least 80% as per Canadian Interuniversity Sport guidelines.

Ranheim was a member of the first University of Calgary intercollegiate women's soccer team. She was the first UC women's player to receive All-Canadian status and was a four-time Canada West all-star. Ranheim was also the first women's soccer player to be named UC Female Athlete of the Year (1992) and was inducted into the UC Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2007. She also played for the Canadian team at the World University Games in 1993.

The Kathy Ranheim Women's Soccer Award is the first of its kind for women's soccer at the University of Calgary, a program that gained varsity status in 1984.

"Women's soccer was a huge part of my life while at student at the University of Calgary," said Ranheim. "I am delighted to create this endowment for aspiring women's soccer players to attend the U of C."

Ranheim graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geography and environmental science. She has also taken post-graduate courses in architecture and education.

"Kathy Ranheim was the leader, heart and soul of the Dinos Women's Soccer team when she played," said Athletic Director Don Wilson. "This is why we inducted her into the Dinos Hall of Fame. The gift that she has made shows her leadership has followed her off the field. Soccer was and still is an essential part of Kathy's life and she has chosen to support those that will follow in her footsteps."

Ranheim still plays competitive soccer. She just finished helping a Calgary team win the provincial over-35 women's title in Edmonton on the Labour Day weekend. She resides in Oro Valley, Ariz., with her husband, Paul, and two young daughters whom she coaches.