SISU April Player of the Month: Roxana "Roxy" Taginya
Roxy's four years of experience on the team inform her work as a Social Chair and prolific "Big." Players of all ages look to Roxy as a steadfast friend and teammate. This season, Roxy has been leading the developmental side for the team by working with younger players.
Outside of UMWRFC, Roxy is involved in leadership roles in Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority and the Multicultural Greek Council, acts as a Morning Brew Campus Ambassador, coaches crew at Pioneer High School, is part of the cohorts of Barger and Ross Sanger Leadership Academies, is an M-Pac Mentor and Assisting Latin@s to Maximize Achievement Mentor, and is a member of La Casa as well as the Persian Student Association.
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Minors: Applied Statistics, American Culture
How long have you been playing? 4 years
I have been playing sports all my life and ended up rowing in high school. I missed the game of a field sport and one of my best friends had gone on to play rugby post-high school. I figured I'd give it a try and was hooked from the rookie clinic.
In 5 years, what do you see yourself doing?
Honestly, I don't know, but hopefully running HIR with Holli Page and Iman Mamnoon.
Favorite place in Ann Arbor?
Mug Club @ Good Time Charley's
Favorite memory at Michigan so far?
There are so many! Literally anything having to do with Rugbaes.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
The moon from Moulin Rouge. Its voice will forever impact those who hear it. But also my mom because of her work ethic, integrity, and ability to thrive in the face of adversity.
If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?
Cardamom Rose, because I love being Persian.
"I am the 5th wheel but also the most important so I'm the steering wheel" - Sam Taylordean
Brunch or linner?
Best advice you've ever gotten?
In terms of rugby: "Tell them" - Steph Buno. As a rookie, I was on the sidelines mumbling to the team. When she heard me she told me to tell the team not just myself. She inspired me to speak up no matter how inexperienced.