Athlete Spotlight: Kai Hannum

Kai Hannum is a freshman rugby player who grew up in Bay Village, Ohio, a small suburb on the west side of Cleveland. He went through the public school system there and had a great time doing varsity hurdles for all four years. His biggest influences growing up were his dad, who got him into track, and his other friends, who were great athletes. At Witt, he should be graduating in 2019. While he is attending, he hopes to continue to play club rugby and stay in shape, along with being a part of his fraternity Beta Theta Pi.

Q: How and why did you get involved with rugby?

A: My OA was a part of it and encouraged me.

Q: How long have you been playing rugby and what keeps you playing?

A: I played causally a little when I was younger but this was my first semester actually playing. I continue to play because I find it a great challenge.

Q: What position do you play, and what are your responsibilities?

A: I play wing, which basically runs the ball down the sideline hoping to score.

Q: What are some of the best moments in rugby that you will cherish?

A: The tackles.

Q: What are some of the most important characteristics that a rugby player must possess to you?

A: Endurance and determination to push forward.

Q: How do you feel that you contribute to the team?

A: While I am a new player, I am fast and my endurance is some of the best on the team due to my lighter build and experience with running.

Q: What is your favorite play that you guys do?

A: We have a ridiculous play called “remix” that is very confusing to try and defend against.

Q: What is your pre-game song?

A: Killing In the Name’s “Rage Against The Machine.”

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Pulled pork is pretty great.

Q: What is your favorite class this semester?

A: Logic and critical thinking.

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