Junior Lili Grant was announced as Gatorade Player of the Year for D.C. Girls Cross Country. The award recognizes athletic and academic excellence, as well as strong character.
"Lili is one of the most natural team leaders I have ever coached," said Kevin Hughes in a statement to the Gatorade Company. "She mentors the younger athletes and her leadership extends beyond the racecourse."
Lili was thrilled to receive the award - "overwhelmingly happy," she said. She emailed her parents right away when she got the news.
A press release from the Gatorade Company said of Lili: "The 5-foot-6 junior is the reigning D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion ... Grant won the DCIAA title as a sophomore with a time of 19:19, while also placing third at the Independent School League Championship."
Beyond her athletic achievements, Lili has raised funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is the co-founder of Visi Minds Matter. She'll also be on the Athletic Association next year.
"Visitation has allowed me to not only be myself, but to be the best version of myself. When it comes to my achievements as both a runner and student, I take the most pride in my ability to lead," said Lili. "My biggest accomplishment is not a good grade or a fast time; it's my ability to be a part of a community which constantly works for positive change."
Lili is Visitation's fourth Gatorade Player of the Year for D.C. Girls Cross Country. "I hope this shows the younger girls on our team how talented they are. Our new freshman are speed demons and our sophomores dominate workouts," said Lili. "I have every confidence that one of them will be a Gatorade Player of the Year in the coming years and can’t wait to see what they do next."
To read more about Lili and her perseverance, check out the In Her Shoes feature in our Spring 2020 Visitation Alumnae Magazine.