Colorado high schoolers get cornhole college scholarships

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (KDVR) — So much for backyard BBQs and tailgate parties: Two Colorado students have turned cornhole into a college scholarship.

On Thursday in Highlands Ranch, Gavin Hamann and Jaxson Remmick signed their letters of intent to play the popular pub game at Winthrop University.

“Two and a half years ago, I just started going to a bar with my parents and playing normal league nights,” Hamann said. “I started getting good, and now I’m the first-ever 5-star Division I recruit.”

The 17-year-old teammates and Thunder Ridge High School students are two-time American Cornhole League High School National Champions and are considered five-star prospects.

“I never thought this is where cornhole would take me,” Remmick said after the ceremony, with classmates signing scholarships for sports such as football, baseball and basketball. “I’ve come a long way, and this is awesome.”

On Thursday in Highlands Ranch, Gavin Hamann and Jaxson Remmick signed their letters of intent to play the popular pub game at Winthrop University.

Developing a powerhouse cornhole program

Winthrop head coach Dusty Thompson believes Hamann and Remmick are the first two foundational pieces to develop a powerhouse program.

“They didn’t just beat 10 pros,” Thompson said as he recruited the duo to attend the South Carolina school. “They beat the world champion from last year and singles title winner.”

The growth of cornhole is staggering. From tournaments at local to bars to broadcast television, the sport continues to bag it in.

“This is a huge deal, not just for the ACL but also for Winthrop combined,” Thompson said. “The world championships is held at the headquarters right across the hall. So this is just huge for everybody involved.”

Because cornhole isn’t an NCAA-sanctioned sport, scholarships don’t give the freshmen-to-be a full ride. However, the duo can continue to compete in ACL events and keep the prize money.

“It’s great exposure for the college program,” Hamman said. “And the extra benefits that come along are awesome.”


Source: Rocky Mountain News

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