Saturday September 2, 2017 was no ordinary day for Providence, Rhode Island’s Kwity Paye. Talk about surreal; on that day, the 18 year old found himself at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. He was dressed in a University of Michigan uniform playing Division 1 college football in the annual Advocare Classic game. That’s got to be enough to blow the mind of any college freshman.
Less than three months earlier, Paye, dressed in cap and gown, was receiving his high school diploma at Providence’s Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end had originally committed to Boston College but changed his mind last year after he and his family weighed how the various schools he was considering might affect his life after college.
Paye was only 6 months old when his mother moved Kwity and his older brother from civil war-torn Liberia to Guinea. Immigration to the United States followed time spent in a refugee camp. It is this intense drive to succeed and to better their family’s situation that Kwity has apparently inherited from his mother.
Kwity’s background and ingrained passion turned out to be the perfect match for Bishop Hendricken High School. The school’s environment fit his need to be challenged both academically and athletically. Kwity has often credited Hendricken with helping form him into the man he has become.
So on this Hendricken / LaSalle rivalry game week, we caught up with Kwity Paye for his thoughts on his time at Hendricken, how well they have prepared him for life beyond high school and, of course, the big LaSalle rivalry.
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