Through Her Eyes: Kim Mills on her Collegiate Ice Hockey Commit
Jolaya Gillams '19
Every week, Orange Lutheran senior Kim Mills fervently practices her passion; a sport that makes her feel at home. A sport where she is, in fact, different from most of her teammates. High school hockey is a predominantly male-dominated sport, yet Mills has not let that stop her from accomplishing her dreams.
Mills’ dedication has paid off, as she recently signed to play hockey with Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan as part of their inaugural women's team next year. In regards to her achievement, Mills says, “I have been playing hockey since I was eight years old, and the work was worth it.” Being the only senior female on the team pushes Mills to reach for the stars by pushing past societal norms and accomplishing greatness.
Growing up in a hockey family, Mills’ brother is her biggest inspiration. He inspired her to be diligent and instilled in her an untiring effort to be her best self. “I worked hard to get on the same level as the boys,” Mills says. “I had to get to know the guys and have them see how tough I was.”
Playing boys hockey has prepared her for collegiate hockey by making her tougher on the ice. Since committing to Concordia University-Ann Arbor, she has been spending more time in the gym to get stronger. She also shoots pucks and practices her speed before coming to school each day. Orange Lutheran has given her the opportunity to receive a high-quality education while balancing a busy hockey schedule.
As she prepares to graduate, Mills can’t wait to “have some fun and score some goals” with the Concordia University-Ann Arbor Women’s Hockey team. To other female athletes who want to break past the barriers of the ice culture, Mills encourages them to “just go for it.”
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Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran are based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.