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Ryan Maxfield -
 2016 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient

San Diego, CA (December 26, 2016) - 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient Ryan Maxfield says that rugby has given him many valuable life experiences, but his favorite is being a part of a tight-knit community. “Rugby has introduced me to a number of individuals that I call coach on the pitch, but friend off of it. Rugby has given me some incredible role models. The rugby community has struck me as something special. I feel an instant connection and sense of camaraderie with any person I see who is wearing rugby gear.”

Ryan, a four-year member of the Regis Jesuit High School Rugby Club varsity side in Aurora, Colorado, led his team to the Colorado Division I Championship title in 2016. With Regis Jesuit, he earned various honors, including academic all-state from 2012-2016, team MVP in 2015, and is a two-time winner of the Russ Ferguson award, an honor given to a player who best exemplifies Regis Jesuit values. In his freshman season, Ryan was selected to the Colorado Rugby Select All-Tournament selection. He served as varsity rugby captain during three of his four years on the squad.

“Ryan has a great understanding of the game and elevates the level of play of those around him. He was a natural general for our team while providing peak fitness and physicality not commonly seen or expected from a flyhalf. Ryan is not an extremely vocal person and used his actions as his best form of leadership. Under Ryan’s leadership we built the program at Regis Jesuit to over 80 players and made two State Championship appearances in back-to-back years,” said Zach Fenoglio, Regis Jesuit High School Rugby coach and U.S. Eagles player.

Ryan was just as dedicated off the pitch. He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School with a 3.93 GPA, achieving that by taking four AP classes as well as six honors classes. In addition to rugby, Ryan was a three-year member of the Regis Jesuit High School football team, where he additionally received academic all-state honors. In addition, Ryan was a Regis Jesuit media journalist throughout all four years of high school.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and has received various academic achievement awards. Ryan accumulated over 170 hours of community service throughout his four years at Regis Jesuit. He was a three-year member of the Regis Jesuit Special Olympics club, and participated in two two-week long service projects at Smith Elementary School and RISE Preschool. Ryan’s involvement does not stop there, as he was also a freshman retreat core team member and leader, diversity action group leader and LINK crew leader for freshman orientation in his junior and senior years. Additionally, he served as the Regis Jesuit representative at the Continental League Leadership Conference.

He will continue his rugby career at the collegiate level at Loyola University Chicago. Ryan aspires to strengthen the rugby club at LUC and play toward national titles. His personal rugby goal is to be able to play rugby worldwide. He has already played in many out of state locations, like Philadelphia and Victoria, but he would love to play in rugby meccas like South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand while he participates in a study abroad program. Ryan will also continue his education at LUC and intends to enroll in their nationally ranked business school.

In Ryan’s beginning months with the Loyola University Chicago Men’s Rugby Program, he proved to be the type of teammate players and coaches could count on. Before he even officially joined the program, he reached out to head coach Jim Shannon about how he could train and prepare. He is a young rugger who carries himself with distinction. “Ryan’s standing within the wider player group was noted at our annual meeting when he was nominated for multiple executive committee positions, including captain," said Loyola University Chicago Men’s Rugby Head Coach, Jim Shannon. "I believe he was a suitable candidate for all positions and believe in the near future he will be a major contributor to Loyola Rugby on and off the field. I honestly believe his best days are still ahead, on and off the field and as part of the club. He is the type of person you can build a club around as Ryan goes above and beyond to put his team first, whether he is playing out of position, washing jerseys, or just cleaning up after games. He is always there to contribute." 

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

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