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Dante Lopresti -
 2016 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient

San Diego, CA (December 26, 2016) - Dante Lopresti originally set his sights on playing baseball during his freshman year of high school. However, the 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient was asked by his high school team’s rugby coaches to give the game a try. From the first day he stepped on the pitch, he fell in love with the sport and never looked back! He strives to incorporate rugby values in his everyday life, being a “man for others” and serving in his community. “Rugby taught me how to be a better man on and off the field,” said Lopresti.

He began playing rugby on the freshman team at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Following his first season, he played on the varsity team through his senior year. He earned All-Met honors two years in a row and was selected for the Stars and Stripes game in Greeley, Colorado as a junior. In his senior year, he led the team as captain and Gonzaga to a third consecutive national championship.

“Dante’s understanding of when to guide, when to support and when to challenge his teammates was the single most important factor in such a young team winning a national championship. Dante constantly led the team from the front on and off the field with his inspirational “follow-me” leadership style and his daily living of the school value of being a ‘man for others’,” said Peter Baggetta, Head Coach of Gonzaga Varsity Rugby.

Additionally, Dante played for Team Maryland for three years and was named captain and team MVP in his third season. He won numerous 7’s championship titles with the Maryland Exiles for four seasons. Dante will continue to play rugby at the collegiate level for Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Like many, his rugby dreams include putting on the red, white, and blue to represent the United States and competing against teams like world number one ranked New Zealand All Blacks. His biggest goal is to evolve into the best player that he can be on and off the field through continually practicing leadership, willingness to learn, and a strong work ethic.

His career goals include continuing his father’s plumbing business that has been passed down from his grandpa. Dante also aspires to become a great father one day. He says he wants to teach his children valuable lessons that he has learned from the game, like the importance of working hard for everything you want or have and being a role model.

In the early months of his freshman season at Notre Dame College, Dante’s leadership skills have already wowed his coaches and teammates. “Dante has been a positive influence for our team both on and off the field. We brought in 23 new players from all over the world with different backgrounds socially, culturally, and rugby knowledge wise, and Dante has emerged as a leader and a catalyst for a very tight knit group of young players,” said Notre Dame College Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Jason Fox. Dante is one of just three freshmen to start during Notre Dame College Men’s Rugby’s undefeated fall season. Fox said that Dante’s impact on the field helped lead the team towards another shot at a D1AA National Championship appearance.

Congratulations Dante, on being named a 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.

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