All photos provided by award recipient. 

Age: 22


Hails From: South Central Los Angeles; currently lives in San Diego, California 


Job That She Hopes Will One Day Pays the Bills: Hopes to work in the field of elder care


Rugby Life:

  • USA women's 7’s Team (Player)

  • Hokkaido, Japanese professional team (Player)

  • American International College (Player_

  • Burnside High School Sports Leadership Academy, Christchurch, NZ (Player)

  • University of Canterbury (Player)


Leading Like a Boss:

  • Featured speaker for the Women's Sports Foundation


Why We Love Nia:

  • Began playing rugby at age 12 with Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF)

  • Original member of Girls High School All Americans 7’s and 15’s programs

  • Sports Illustrated High School Athlete of the Month​


Learn More on The Rugby Breakdown (TRB): Back From Japan, Toliver is Maximizing the Moment (2020)