Lauren Raech, a sophomore elementary education/special education major from Havertown, Pennsylvania, had been playing softball since she was five years old. It was her goal to play in college, and, as a walk-on player, she made the Neumann University team.
Over the past year, Lauren has learned to balance her sport with her studies, and she credits her coaches and professors with supporting her along the way.
“The coaches make us go to ‘Power Hours,’ which is study time, and our G.P.A. has to be at least a 3.0,” she said. "The professors are very one-on-one, and if you need help, they are there for you."
Lauren had attended Catholic grade and high schools and knew that she wanted a Catholic university as well. She came to tour Neumann and was impressed with not only the University’s commitment to its mission, but also the sports facilities.
“I’m very sports oriented so seeing the new Mirenda Center (for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development) and the new fields was great for me. My parents loved it too. The Mirenda Center really got them too.”