Kyle Patmore -
2016 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 26, 2016) - In just his second year
of rugby, 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient Kyle Patmore led his
team to the state quarterfinals, just one year after that same team finished
the previous season with a single win. Although Kyle and his teammates came up
short of the title two years in a row, he went back to the drawing board,
altered workouts, and increased intensity that helped his team embark on a
winning streak that would not be broken. “This was the year I told all the guys
that we practice as champions and we play as champions,” said Patmore. And that
is exactly what Brighton High School Rugby did! As a result of his excellent
leadership and his teammate’s dedication, Brighton finished the regular season
as the number one seed and was ultimately crowned state champions.
Kyle played rugby for
Brighton High School in Brighton, Michigan for four seasons. During his career,
the scholar athlete was a four-time varsity player, three-time varsity captain,
state quarterfinalist and a state champion. His continuous excellence and dedication
to the game has earned him a spot on the University of Michigan Rugby team in
fall of 2016. His rugby goals are simple; he wants to win, be a team player and
most importantly, have fun.
“As I experience new atmospheres
while playing college rugby, I wish that my three goals can carry over to the
next level of play. Through my training and experience I hope to continue
starting and hopefully lead a team to another championship. However, off of the
pitch I would like to make connections with rugby all over the world. I would
love to have a network of connections strictly based on the jersey that I wear
on my back,” said Patmore.
He attended Brighton
High School and graduated in 2016 with a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the
National Honor Society. Patmore is just as dedicated to academics as he is to rugby;
as he was a four-year honor roll student, academic letter recipient, academic
all-state selection, and KLAA scholar athlete. In addition to rugby, he also
played football and wrestled for Brighton. He served as a senior service
project member, freshman mentor, youth church basketball coach, and Brighton
High School lip dub spirit committee member throughout high school. Kyle has
volunteered for Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. since 2008.
At the University of
Michigan, he will pursue a degree in the medical field and intends to become a
certified physical therapist after college. Patmore says that his involvement
in athletics has been a strong influence in his curiosity for the human body
and how it works. In the future, he hopes he can make a difference in the lives
of others by volunteering his time as a physical therapist to many local sports
teams and keeping youth athletes safe. Kyle knows that his education with such
a prestigious school like the University of Michigan will open many new doors
in both his rugby and professional career.
“In a collegiate
environment, I see Kyle excelling in all possible directions. I believe he will
continue to be a great athlete, get involved with campus groups, and be an
extremely successful student. Kyle is a natural leader, he has been the best
player a coach could ask for, and I hope wherever he goes, the staff drives him
to be his best. I know he will deliver,” said Will Stewart, Brighton High
School Rugby head coach.
Kyle can be described as a bit of a legend in the state of Michigan on the rugby
pitch, but it isn’t just his talent that sets him apart. University of Michigan Men’s Rugby
Head Coach, Brandon Sparks, says that his outstanding character is what makes
him a great player and widely known. “He is an incredible young man with
character that I hope for my own son to have,” said Sparks. Before Kyle became
a part of the Michigan Men’s RFC, Sparks watched Patmore evolve
into a standout young man from a referee’s perspective. Sparks noted he watched
Kyle interact with his teammates in a way that displayed his dedication
to help his team succeed; whether it was shagging balls for his kicker or
passing with a new teammate, Kyle was there. "Kyle’s leadership maturity is beyond his age, earning the respect of both sides. I
believe that with his commitment, work ethic, and talent, he will be something
special for Michigan over the next 4 years."
Congratulations Kyle, on being named a 2016
Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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