July 19, 2012
BALTIMORE - Former Loyola University Maryland women's tennis player Kaitlin (Russo) Loftus '04 was named one of four winners of Under Armour's "What's Beautiful" contest, the company announced on Wednesday.
Under Armour, which is the official outfitter of Loyola University Maryland athletics, recently asked women to state a training goal beginning with the company's motto of `I Will'. From the thousands of entrants, 10 finalists were chosen as finalists, and four were then named the winners.
Loftus, a teacher at Baltimore City's Edgewood Elementary School, entered the nationwide contest with the declaration:
"I WILL... Challenge my Baltimore City elementary girls by leading them to complete a series of exercises followed by a one-mile run, which will result in increased endurance, determination, confidence, and a sense of empowerment."
She helped her students work out for 40 minutes after school, and in May, she helped them run a mile at a local track. Prior to the run, Loftus engaged the students in training with jumping, running stairs, exercising on the school's playground and other activities.
Loftus, who was a marketing major at Loyola, and the other three winners will receiveone-year sponsorship deals with Under Armour, along with gear, sports training, nutrition consultations and access to special events.
As a tennis player at Loyola, she helped the Greyhounds win the 2001 and 2002 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and advance to the NCAA Championships. She won 75 singles and 69 doubles matches for the Greyhounds, marks that stand in the program's top-five all-time. In 2001-2002, as a sophomore, she tied the then school-record of 28 singles victories in a season.