Eric Mallory -
2010 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (November 1, 2010) - Eric Mallory was introduced to rugby by his uncle, a former Chicago Lion. He was always enchanted by the jerseys and trophies that adorned his uncle’s house and he couldn’t help but be curious about the sport. When he found out that one of his high school teachers at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI was also the rugby coach for the Birmingham Buccaneers U19 team, he decided to try the sport out for himself.
His high school coach, Brad Warner, said about Eric: “Eric was originally a football player on one of Southeast Michigan’s top high school programs but he was instantly impassioned by rugby. He quickly became a strong advocate and respected ambassador of the sport as well as the team’s top recruiter and a top notch second row. His highly affable personality, honest demeanor and fierce loyalty placed him in high regard with his fellow Buccaneers.”
During his first season, in 2009, the Buccaneers won the Tradesman’s Cup, finished 3rd in the Midwest Boy’s Championship in Elkhart, Indiana and finished 3rd in the Michigan State Finals. That summer, Eric put together a 7s team that placed 2nd in the U19 division of the Rock and Roll 7s Tournament and 3rd in the U19 division of the Grand Rapids 7s Tournament.
Eric was voted by his Buccaneer teammates to be a selector in his second season. Again they won the Tradesman’s Cup and again they went on to compete in the Midwest Boy’s Championship and Michigan State Finals where they finished 5th in both. At the end of the season, Eric was given the great honor of winning the “Big Buc” award; given to the team member who most positively represented the team and its standards both on and off the field. This past summer, Eric was selected to play for the Michigan East Side All-Star Team.
In addition to rugby, Eric played for four years on the Brother Rice Football Team and one year on the Bowling Team. He was also part of the ensemble known as the Marian-Rice Players, a theater group; was a member of Brother Rice’s Student Senate; and was a member of the Brother Rice Quiz Bowl team all fours years in high school, while maintaining a 3.4 GPA.
Eric has been active in his church, where he logged over 200 community service hours during high school and demonstrated his leadership skills by being a Youth Group Leader his junior and senior years. Throughout his four years in high school Eric also helped those in need as he served food at the Livonia “Soup-er Bowl”; loaded trucks for an area food bank; and volunteered at Children’s Village, a Juvenile Detention Center.
At Michigan State University, Eric hopes to help his team win a Big Ten Championship and eventually to a Division Two National Championship. “Eric has been doing everything we have asked of him,” said MSU coach Dave Poquette. “He puts in the effort at each and every practice and his skills have been improving throughout the fall season. He is an asset to the program and I’m looking forward to watching his continued development.”
Eric is studying Psychology and Political Science at MSU and might make a run in politics. He would also like to study abroad for a year while attending MSU.
Congratulations Eric on being named a 2010 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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