Ashburn, VA (January 11, 2015) – Broad Run High School senior Jimmy Fiume has committed to play football at Washington and Lee University beginning the 2015 – 2016 academic school year.
“A lot of factors went into my decision” said Fiume. “First of all, academics were of high importance. I love football and really want to play in college, but not at the expense of my education. Rather, I want to use football as a way to enhance the chances of getting the best education I can. With that in mind, Washington and Lee appears a good fit for me. The location, the environment, the people and campus; it feels good to call it home for the next four years.”
Washington and Lee is a small, private, Liberal Arts University nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Located in Lexington, Virginia–one of the Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Small Towns to visit, Washington and Lee’s mission statement is to provide a liberal arts education that develops students’ capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.
“I enjoyed the recruiting process, especially my experience with Washington and Lee,” said Fiume. “I was introduced to a lot of schools I didn’t know much about, but I was in contact with Washington and Lee longer and more constant than any other school considered. As exciting as the experience was, the closer it came to making a decision, the more stressful it became.”
Fiume will be playing football under Coach Scot Abell. Coach Abell is in his third season as Washington and Lee’s head football coach after serving the previous four years as the team’s offensive coordinator. Over his first two seasons, he guided the Generals to a 13 – 8 record, which included an Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship (ODAC) and an ODAC Coach of the Year honor. “My expectations for the first year are to learn the ropes, work hard and compete for playing time,” said Fiume. “The coaches said the offensive line was losing some guys to graduation, and if I work hard, a solid opportunity exists to see the field early in my college career.”
In terms of his ten years of football, when asked about his fondest gridiron memories, Fiume replied, “Grinding alongside my teammates on the field and hanging out after practice. Over the past four years, football has given me the chance to make connections and build strong friendships with guys I never would have without it, especially those in my senior class. Whether it’s battling through two-a-days in August, or hanging out at my friends’ house, I will never forget those times. Said Fiume, “My favorite memory is the feeling after we beat Briar Woods in the playoffs. There’s nothing like defeating a fierce rival in a playoff game.”
“I am very thankful of my entire family for pushing me to discover the benefits of hard work and for helping to set me up for success. I would also like to thank all my coaches and trainers that have worked with me over all these years. I could not have achieved this goal without them.” To all those that dream, “work hard, and stand out on the field, in the classroom and community. Working hard in the classroom is as important as working hard on the field because it will open up just as many doors and set you up for success in life.”
Please join me in congratulating Jimmy on his commitment to Washington and Lee University, and on his pursuit of success in Finance, Economics, and football.