Patrick Madden -
2017 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 31, 2017) - For Patrick Madden,
being named a 2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient is yet another
notable chapter in his book. “I look at my rugby career and the role of rugby
as a single book. I am the author and the illustrator. I get the chance to
write each chapter even better than the last, with all of the imagery and
pictures I want,” said Madden. Madden’s athletic talent and extra-curricular
commitments are what makes his “book” a best seller.
Madden began his rugby career at a very young
age, playing for the San Diego Young Aztec Rugby Club. Spending most of his
career with the Young Aztecs, Patrick not only grew as a
talented young rugger, but had the opportunity to go on tour to New Zealand in
2015. Madden’s high school career speaks for itself with a long list of honors including
multiple U.S.A. High School Rugby All-American and U.S.A. Men’s Junior Rugby
All-American honors, along with selections for the Eagle Impact Rugby Academy
in 2016 and 2017. Madden was named to the Southern California Regional Junior
Varsity Griffins All-Star team in 2014 and 2015, where he was recognized as one
of the top 28 players in Southern California. His passion for the game
influenced him to become the president and founder of the University City High School
Rugby Club in 2015.
“As a High School All-American captain, Patrick
has represented the team and country with class. His peer leadership skills are
remarkable, setting high standards and expectations on and off the field,” said
Salty Thompson, U.S.A Rugby High School All-American Head Coach.
Patrick embodies every sense of the term “student-athlete,” as the rugby standout graduated from University City High
School in June of 2017 with a 3.88 cumulative grade point average and scholastic
honors. Madden was an active participant in numerous extra-curricular
activities ranging from serving as the UCHS Associate Student Body Vice President
in 2016-2017, completing a child development internship in 2015, coaching U10
youth rugby for the San Diego Young Aztecs Rugby Club, serving four years as a
rugby referee, and even became a Nike Rugby Counselor in 2016-2017.
He is continuing his education and rugby career
at California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo, California
where he intends to major in journalism with an emphasis in sports
“I want to not only use my time in college to
prepare for my future in rugby, but as well as my future after I hang up my
boots. I hope that I can train and hone my skills on the field and in the
commentary booth in these next years, eventually getting the chance to
demonstrate them on the world stage. I hope that after my rugby career and my
book is finished, I can have the chance to narrate someone else’s and become a
character in their own book,” said Madden.
In the meantime, Madden will work toward earning
a starting spot on the first fifteen for the Caly Poly Mustangs. He is eager to
becoming bigger, faster, and stronger with hopes of making all of his rugby
mentors proud as he carries on to the next level. His ultimate goal is being
capped a U.S. Eagle and getting to play on the Olympic stage.
“Pat has been a revelation since arriving at Cal Poly,” said
Cal Poly head coach, James Tesoriero. “He has been the most outstanding player
through our recent 7s season, which included 3 tournaments (West Coast Sevens
SLO, West Coast Sevens Treasure Island & Silicon Valley 7s San Jose). Pat
has been our leading try scorer and point scorer, and a true leader despite
being only a rookie. He was named to the All-Rookie team for the WC7s- http://rugby7smagazine.com/west-coast-sevens-treasure-island-freshman-team/
“In summary, Pat has been a
wonderful addition to our program and is thoroughly deserving of the Kevin Higgins Scholarship. He is a quality young man off the field and an enormous talent on
“Pat's leadership and training habits have been outstanding. He is the often
the first one at the training park to help me with equipment and field set up.
He works tirelessly on his individual skills before and after training, and
brings great energy to sessions. He is extremely humble and respectful to the
club's staff and senior players.
“Pat was recently named the Mark Loane Medalist, as the top freshman in a D1
program- http://www.calpolyrugby.com/2017/11/pat-madden-named-mark-loane-medalist/. He will
spend next Summer in Brisbane Australia training and playing for the UQ
“Finally, Pat has also been selected for the North American Lions 7s team,
comprising the best U19 players from USA & Canada, to compete at the Dubai 7s. https://www.florugby.com/articles/6006023-north-american-lions-u19s-picked-for-dubai-7s
Congratulations Patrick, on being selected as a
2017 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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