Dragons soccer star earns first Hobbs scholarship
Ilijah Washington, a Kubasaki graduate who is headed to Johnson & Wales University in North Carolina to join his brothers on the soccer pitch, has been named the first recipient of the Don Hobbs Friendship Award, a memorial scholarship named for the late DODEA Pacific athletics coordinator.
Washington was named Best Defender in the Far East Division I Soccer Tournament last month, which was won by the Dragons 4-0 over Kadena. It was the second title for the Dragons in the last three years.
The scholarship, in the amount of $500, was the first awarded in the name of Hobbs, who for 13 years served as Pacific athletics coordinator and was employed by DODEA in both the Pacific and Europe since the mid-1970s. Hobbs died on Jan. 6 after a long illness at the age of 68.
Hobbs spent the majority of his years at Kubasaki, coaching basketball from 1982-97 and teaching until 2003, before he took the athletics coordinator position.
Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.533785