Steward going to be a Thorobred

By: 
Josh Lewis, Sports Writer
A few months remain before softball season begins, but Lady Lion Olivia Steward already has plans to continue her softball career at the next level. She signed her letter of intent to attend Kentucky State University on Nov. 10.
Kentucky State is an NCAA Division 2 school located in Frankfort. Steward said it actually wasn’t even a school on her radar, until the coach came and saw her at a tournament she played in. 
The meeting with the coach is what really sparked her interest. “After visiting campus, the guy showed up at my softball tournament and he told me, ‘I really like the way you played behind the plate.’ He asked me how my grades were and was talking to me about academics. 
“He wasn’t really focused on softball at first, so I thought he was interested in me for my grades and stuff like that. And he said, ‘Based on what you say your grades are and what you say your ACT score is, you’re eligible for a full academic scholarship. And whatever academics they won’t pick up, I’ll cover the rest.’”  
Although intrigued about the offer of a full ride, Steward didn’t immediately commit to becoming a Thorobred. She said she first wanted to get a closer look at the campus. Once she did, she loved it. “I didn’t even know he was there, then he called me over after my game. And basically offered me right on the spot. I didn’t commit then. I went down for a visit first. I actually loved the campus, and the togetherness that I felt. It’s a D2 school, but it’s very family-oriented.”
Steward wants to major in nursing. Given the tough demands of that major she said she talked it over with her coach and he assured her they would work with her. “I’m going to major in nursing, and specialize in pediatrics. Nursing is very tough when it comes to clinicals and stuff. That’s something I discussed with Coach Morton. He said he was very flexible and more than willing to work with me, and the professors to try and get me where I needed to be.”
Playing softball has taught her about life and how to be a leader, Steward said. That is her favorite thing about playing the sport. 
 

Steward also looked into a few other schools, but didn’t quite like them enough to pull the trigger. “I applied to IUS and they are NAIA. I knew I could walk on there, and if I got offered any softball opportunities I would look into that. I applied and got accepted to Ball State. I emailed the coach a couple of times, but he wasn’t able to give me exactly what I was looking for.” 
 
 

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