SPORTS

By Greg Lane, May 13, 2020
Courtesy of the University of Virginia

The University of Virginia (UVA) announced its “Hoos Choice” awards for athletics on Monday, and Hingham native Kira Maguire was among those that came home with big honors.  The Hoos Choice Awards feature individual and team honors chosen from UVA's 25 varsity sports.  The event is dedicated to celebrating the school's more than 650 student-athletes.  Maguire was presented with the ACC Top VI Award for outstanding service to both the University and Charlottesville communities.


“What an honor for Kira to receive such a prestigious award,” said Virginia Women’s Soccer Coach Stephen Swanson.  “She is a dedicated and committed student-athlete with the unique gift of developing positive, long-lasting relationships wherever she lives.  She is such a great ambassador to our program, the Virginia Athletic Department and the University of Virginia.  We could not be more proud of her."

 

Maguire is no stranger to accolades.  While at Hingham High School, she showed true leadership and received the Hingham Community Service Award her senior season as well as a number of athletic awards including All-American Watch List, National Women in Sports Day and Patriot League All Star. She did it all while volunteering for South Shore SNAP (Special Needs Athletic Partnership) and competing in soccer, lacrosse and track.

"Throughout her four years at Hingham High School, Kira was much more than a star soccer player. She was the quintessential student-athlete, respected by her teammates, friends, teachers and coaches alike,” shared Hingham High School Principal Rick Swanson. “Her toughness as a competitor was accompanied by genuine compassion and a determination to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Our school remains a better place because of her."

Following a life-changing relationship with Madelyn “Maddie” McCoy, an eleven-year-old girl that was battling rhabdomyosarcoma, Maguire dedicated herself to helping kids with cancer. "Her dedication and companionship with a young girl who was sick in our town during her senior year after suffering her own knee injury was a true representation of who Kira Maguire was, she was a dedicated, caring, hardworking person," said Hingham High School Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Ryan Puntiri. "Maguire always has gone above and beyond for others."

Despite an injury that kept her off the pitch for University of Virginia Women’s Soccer team last fall, Maguire made an incredible impact not only within the program, but also in both the University and Charlottesville communities. Upon arriving at school, the first year soccer player began working with the University’s Madison House and visiting the UVA hospital each week.

 

“Amazing soccer player and person. Just a great Hingham family!” shared Hingham Youth Soccer Coach Ted Healey 

 

High School and Club Recognition

  • Competed in soccer, lacrosse and track for Hingham High School

  • Two-time Division 2 State Champion (2015 & 2016)

  • Three-time Patriot League All Star

  • First Team All-State in her sophomore and junior seasons

  • First Team All-New England in her junior season

  • Made the All-American Watch List in her senior season

  • Received the Community Service Award in her senior season

  • Named an Honorary Athlete for National Women in Sports Day

  • Ranked third in the league and was an Eastern Massachusetts Division I All Star during her junior season

Greg Lane can be reached at greg@hinghamcurrent.com.