US College Ambassadors


With five different division levels and over 1,600 college programs that offer softball scholarships, there are opportunities for almost every softball player looking to play college softball. Understanding what college will be right for you can be a difficult task in itself.

Five former US Student-Athletes are here to help with some insights into their US College experience and the nature of the college system they ultimately choose to attend.

Please keep in mind that each college has their own system and way of doing things, no two schools are the same. Our ambassadors are here to tell their story and hopefully provide some direction in helping you identify an appropriate level of college that meets your education and softball needs.

Please do not contact the college ambassadors to assist with any paper work support. However, you are welcome to reach out for an informal chat to seek further light on their US college experience.
 
 
 RITA HOKIANGA

rita City: Hastings
US Colleges:
  • Eastern Arizona Junior College
    (Junior College)
  • West Texas A&M University College
    (NCAA Division II)
Student-Athlete Profile: Click here

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My Story
"I was selected in the Junior White Sox 2011 team for the World Series that were held in Cape Town, South Africa. During that time, Venita Hokai and Kevin Gettins were contacted by Eastern Arizona Junior College Management to see if there were any pitchers available for the their up and coming season. Fortunately enough for me, Venita and Kevin asked if I was interested in it and of course I said yes. The plan was for me to finish High School in December and then head to Arizona January 2012.

I was 7th form at Hukarere Maori Girls College and I was a part of a business group Mapihi Maurea with our mentor being Ron Massey. We were invited by the Napier City Council to be ambassadors heading to Xuzhou, China (sister city of Napier) with the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, Napier City Council, and the Hastings City Council. We left to China in October 2011 and during that time we performed Kapa Haka to Universities, schools, and councils. One night we headed out to Karaoke with Chinese council men who were millionaires. During the night, Ron Massey delegated with one of the guys to see if he could sponsor myself and best friend to help with our university fees in America. Ron Massey did all the delegation and from there I was able to financially support myself while I was in America. The paperwork process to get to America was a lot to take in, but I was also fortunate enough to have Kevin and Charmaine Gettins help me with all of that".
 
 
Amy Amy Begg
City: Christchurch
US College: Morgan State University
Level of College: NCAA Division I
Student-Athlete Profile: Click here

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lara2 Lara Andrews
City: Lower Hutt
US College: University of Delaware
Level of College: NCAA Division I
Student-Athlete Profile: Click here

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kayla1 Kayla Rangiawha
City: Wellington
US College: Florida SouthWestern State College
Level of College: Junior College
Student-Athlete Profile: Click here

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kingsley Kingsley Avery
City: Auckland
US College: Ave Maria University
Level of College: Private College
Student-Athlete Profile: Click here

Click here to contact Kingsley