From The Pool To The Peace Corps
BOISE, Idaho – Kelly Knapp transferred to Boise State as a sophomore to become a part of the brand new women’s swimming and diving program and graduated last May as one of the original 11 swimmers on the inaugural team. In April 2010, Knapp will embark on another adventure when she begins service for the Peace Corps in Latin America.

While she doesn’t know many specifics about her assignment, Knapp knows she will be part of the Health Extension program in Latin America when she leaves next spring. The Health Extension program provides education on HIV/AIDS, sex, sanitation and dental health among any other pressing health issues in the area.

Between her time in the classroom and in the pool, Knapp has taken valuable lessons that she plans to incorporate into her service. She majored in both Spanish and Political Science at Boise State while also serving as a leader in the emerging swimming and diving program. In her three years on the team, the roster grew from 11 swimmers to 28 swimmers with each team placing higher every year at the WAC Championships.

“Being on the new team has taught me a lot about teamwork and communication,” Knapp said. “The Peace Corps assigns volunteers a job and the volunteer has to make something out of nothing, which is what our team has done over the last three years.”

As a member of the inaugural team, Knapp helped build a swimming program that improved by leaps and bounds every year. She was a leader on the pool deck and helped establish a work ethic and standards for the ever-improving team.

“Our team focus was not on winning, but on self-improvement in and out of the pool. I loved being a part of the brand new program.”

Knapp was an exemplary student-athlete while at Boise State and will undoubtedly make Bronco Nation proud to call her a former Bronco.

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