KYLIE DONIAK

From KXAN

University of Texas soccer player Kylie Doniak should have walked across the stage to receive her diploma in 2012. But on February 3, 2012, she was hit by a convicted drunk driver while walking downtown, pausing her future plans.

“We were all at home and we got that phone call at (midnight),” David Doniak, Kylie’s father, said. “It was from Brackenridge, the hospital, called us and said ‘Your daughter got hit by a drunk driver.’ So that was hard, very hard.”

Kylie was in a coma for six weeks after the crash that nearly took her life. Shortly after, she was well enough to return to California to continue medical treatments.  

Kylie as a Horn playing the sport she loves.

Before the accident Kylie worked with kids at an Austin hospital, where she also helped coordinate volunteers. As she enters the professional world, she hopes to do something similar.

“I would want to work with kids whether in a hospital or I’m applying to do something in California with a school just to get around kids more,” Kylie said.

More than two years after the crash, she returned to the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium, walking onto the field she played on for four years. But this time, she walked across the field to take graduation pictures.


Despite many challenges, she knew she’d walk across the stage.

“I knew I was going to only ’cause I’m very stubborn and I’m not going to ever change that but I didn’t know when,” Kylie said.

A great support family

Kylie Doniak at Texas

Kylie says she has kept in contact with her teammates, including those who graduated.

“They’re making my weekend fun and all about me which sounds so greedy but they’re making it like that because they are just so excited to have me and just give me the experience I didn’t think I was going to get,” Kylie said. “I love it still and being out there I’m like, ‘Aw, that’s where I used to do this drill and shoot it right there.’ I love it still. It’s such a nice field,” Kylie said.

Kylie has a support system of family and professionals who love her with heart, soul, and spirit. A cornerstone foundation necessary to mend a beautiful person.

Kylie has been in critical condition, with many major injuries, including many broken bones and severe head trauma. She has been making immense progress and is on her road to recovery. We ask that prayers stay strong as Kylie continues to win this battle. God has shown his great power, and that those who Walk by Faith will be healed. 

 “She had to learn how to walk again, talk again,” David Doniak said. “You’re like, ‘I don’t think she’ll ever graduate.’ But for her to do it is just unbelievable.

As for the man who hit Kylie, Nicholas Colunga was convicted in August 2013 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Kylie says she doesn’t have a problem with forgiving him.

‘I’ve never had the problem with forgiveness,” Kylie said. “He did what he did. I’ve been reading a million Bible verses that tells you to forgive. God tells you to forgive.”

Throughout her recovery, Kylie’s family chronicled her successes in a CaringBridge blog.

 


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2006 KAREN HAIGHT: WHY I MISSED SOCCER SENIOR PICTURES STORY ON TEXASSPORTS.COM 

8.21.2006

Part of an article on Texassports.com about Karen Haight is below

 

Karen Haight says 

 

Last year as a junior, I applied for an internship with Goldman Sachs through the on-campus recruiting program here at The University of Texas. I interviewed in Austin with a lot of people and then traveled to New York for a day to interview with six more people. After I found out I made the cut, I was given the internship at the beginning of the summer.

I worked 10 weeks in the sales and rotational program, spending time with different desks within that division while learning about the company. I met as many people as I could and even helped out when possible. The main purpose of the internship was to see what life would be like if you worked for Goldman Sachs.

Prior to this internship, the closest I came to a full-time commitment (outside of playing soccer at one of the best Division I programs in the country) was a minimum wage, fast food job a few summers ago. I think the recruiters appreciated that I had little-to-no working experience because of my involvement with soccer, my grade point average and my personality. That combination helped me through the initial screening process and into the interview pool. From there, the people who selected the interns looked for people who they felt had a good personality to fit with the company and the program.

When I left for New York City, I knew no one there. I had never been to New York, other than for my interview, but even then, I flew in and out the same day. When I accepted the position I was definitely going on a leap of faith.

I met a lot of fun people in Manhattan including a few from UT. Actually, I met a lot of Texas students there. In our program were a number of students mainly from Ivy League colleges and other programs on the East Coast.

I lived in a dorm off Wall Street within walking distance to work.

 

2006 KAREN HAIGHT: WHY I MISSED SOCCER SENIOR PICTURES STORY ON TEXASSPORTS.COM 

Karen Haight says 

 

Last year as a junior, I applied for an internship with Goldman Sachs through the on-campus recruiting program here at The University of Texas. I interviewed in Austin with a lot of people and then traveled to New York for a day to interview with six more people. After I found out I made the cut, I was given the internship at the beginning of the summer.

I worked 10 weeks in the sales and rotational program, spending time with different desks within that division while learning about the company. I met as many people as I could and even helped out when possible. The main purpose of the internship was to see what life would be like if you worked for Goldman Sachs.

Prior to this internship, the closest I came to a full-time commitment (outside of playing soccer at one of the best Division I programs in the country) was a minimum wage, fast food job a few summers ago. I think the recruiters appreciated that I had little-to-no working experience because of my involvement with soccer, my grade point average and my personality. That combination helped me through the initial screening process and into the interview pool. From there, the people who selected the interns looked for people who they felt had a good personality to fit with the company and the program.

When I left for New York City, I knew no one there. I had never been to New York, other than for my interview, but even then, I flew in and out the same day. When I accepted the position I was definitely going on a leap of faith.

I met a lot of fun people in Manhattan including a few from UT. Actually, I met a lot of Texas students there. In our program were a number of students mainly from Ivy League colleges and other programs on the East Coast.

I lived in a dorm off Wall Street within walking distance to work.