young male football player

Strength in Leadership

Connor Legband, Elkhorn Athletic Association
2020 Scholarship Award Recipient

A disciplined student and athlete, Connor Legband has played baseball and football his whole life. A recent Elkhorn Athletic Association (EAA) 2020 scholarship winner, he learned the fundamentals to be successful in sports at an early age. “While playing for EAA, I made some amazing memories and friends that I still have to this day. I also learned the fundamentals of my sports and had my love of the game instilled in me during my time playing for EAA.”

Legband’s love for football carried into his years playing at Elkhorn South High School. “The Elkhorn community really makes a great environment for Friday Night Lights, and there was no better feeling than running on to the field with my brothers who were ready to go to battle for me.”  Legband attributes his work ethic to growing up with caring, hard-working parents who always wanted him to do his best.

His dedication to the game was tested in his junior year when he had his third concussion in one year while attending a team padded camp at Northwest Missouri State. “It was devastating to see my playing career end after knowing all the work I had done to prepare with my teammates, coaches, and trainers at First Pick. I learned to overcome this obstacle by playing a different role on the team. Instead of being a leader on the field, I had to learn how to be a leader from the sideline. I became a supporter and tried to help them any way I could.” 

His father, Tim Legband, is proud of all his son has accomplished. “He was pretty much a self-made athlete. He worked extremely hard to build himself into one of the stronger kids on the team and used his speed to his advantage. He unfortunately had a couple setbacks with injury but came back more determined each time and put himself into a position to be the best that he could be.”

Elkhorn South Football coach Guy Rosenberg stated, “Our program at Elkhorn South is built on unselfish, team-first players. Connor is the standard of what we want our players to strive to be. Connor was always prepared and maximized every opportunity on the field. He made every decision with the team in mind. He handled success and adversity with class and I’m proud to be associated with him.”

Legband is looking forward to attending the University of Kansas next year, majoring in accounting and finance with a minor in Spanish. He has pledged the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and will also be in the University Honors Program. He plans to pursue a career in investment banking, corporate finance, or public accounting. 

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