Senior Kegan Babick heads to Wheaton to play ball, carrying on a family tradition
What do C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham and Big Sky’s Kegan Babick have in common? They all attende Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, which Kegan’s mother Kim said is the “Harvard of Christian schools,” during her son’s recent letter of intent signing at Lone Peak High School.
Big Sky School District Athletic Director John Hannahs said there have only been about handful of Big Sky football players to sign letters of intent to play for universities.
Babick will play defensive back/linebacker for the college.
Adam Farr, BSSD head football coach described last year’s team as short on size, speed and strength.
“So, when [Babick’s] dad told me a 205-pound fast, super strong athlete was coming our way, I was excited,” said Farr. “He is a huge addition to the team. He can do offense, defense, everything at a very high level. That’s why he’s going to Wheaton.”
Wheaton has always been at the top of the list, said Babick, partly due to family tradition – his mother, uncle and cousin all attended.
Babick’s mother Kim said she was pre-med at Wheaton but ended up attending Emery Nursing School. Still, she was struck by the caliber of people she met there.
“My roommate my freshman year said, ‘I’m going to feed Africa,’ and now she works with U.S. Aide and lives in Liberia. It’s an international school,” she said.
Brett, Babick’s father, said that when they were young parents his dream was that his kids would go to the same caliber of school as Kim did.
“Big Sky has been a blessing. For him to be a part of this close-knit community, it was really an honor. He’s our youngest, so this is a nice close to this chapter of our lives,” Brett said, also expressing he was struck by the character of the young men attending Wheaton.
Babick has attended four high schools, counting Big Sky. Kim views this as an asset.
“He’s not afraid of change or diversity,” she said. Every year, the football players go on a mission trip called the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership. This last year they visited Uganda.
The young footballer said he will study business and applied sciences as well as participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. There isn’t a tradition of military service in his family, it’s just something he’s always wanted to do.
For the summer, he has a list of exercises he has to do every day to prepare for the upcoming football season.