BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Former Saint Joseph's standout Mackenzie Rule will take part in the Sport Changes Life's 2017-18 Victory Scholar Program. Rule, along with 24 other Victory Scholars, were introduced at the Victory Scholar Program launch with The Rory Foundation at Ulster University last week.
Rule, who received her bachelor's degree in finance and risk management insurance from Saint Joseph's this past May, will embark on a life-changing year of mentoring young people through sport in the communities of Northern Ireland and Ireland, while studying for a Master's Degree at Trinity College and continuing her basketball career.
Joining the Hawks as a freshman walk-on in 2013-14, Rule helped the Hawks advance to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, earn a Big 5 title in 2015 and make a Postseason WNIT appearance in 2017. A four-year letterwinner, Rule capped her career in a strong fashion in 2016-17 as she set career-highs in points (71), assists (71) and steals (29), appeared in all 32 games - including 28 starts - and served as a co-captain.
Rule is the third Hawk to take part in the Victory Scholar Program, joining 2013 graduate Shelby Smith and 2016 graduate Sarah Fairbanks.
Sport Changes Life is a registered UK charity and US non-profit organization that works in disadvantaged communities to help young people find a path to a brighter future with the help of international sports scholars. Established in 2007 as 'USNI Sport' and developed into Sport Changes Life in 2012 with founding partners Ulster University and Chaka Travel Sport Changes Life partnered with The Rory Foundation in February of 2016 with an aim to help raise the aspirations of young people on both sides of the Atlantic through the Victory Scholar program and Community Outreach initiatives such as it’s award winning EHOOPS program based at the Ulster University.
The Rory Foundation was established in 2013 to offer support to charities with a special meaning and purpose for Rory. Since its creation, The Rory Foundation has provided generous support to charities such as the Cancer Fund for Children and Mencap, both children’s charities in Northern Ireland. The Rory Foundation also recently raised €951,000 throughout the course of the Irish Open 2016 for three local children’s charities in the Dublin/Kildare region. For more information see roryfoundation.com and sportchangeslife.com.