Loyola Maryland Rugby Player Shines off the Pitch
December 3, 2019
Loyola University of Maryland rugby player Jack Ramirez has dedicated himself to fighting a number of deadly diseases. For his work raising money for ALS and Cancer research, Ramirez was nominated for the 2019 Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award—an award given to a collegiate rugby player that demonstrates shared values of integrity, respect, loyalty and community.
Ramirez has a personal connection to the ALS cause. His Loyola Maryland rugby coach, Matt Cipriano, played rugby at Iona College with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Founder Pat Quinn . Several years after graduating college, Quinn was diagnosed with the deadly disease. Ever since, and despite his own battle with ALS, Quinn has become an advocate for ALS research.
“Coach Matt and Pat are close friends and I have had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times,” Ramirez said of Quinn. “Despite battling ALS he has always brought a positive spirit and inspirational attitude.”
Inspired by Quinn, Ramirez organized a fitness boot camp on campus, with the proceeds of the event going to the Baltimore Chapter of the ALS Association. Students from across campus were welcome to come work out with a local instructor and members of the rugby team to raise funds for a good cause.
“After seeing the deadly effects of this terrible disease, I wanted to do something positive to help in the fight,” Ramirez added.
In addition to raising money for ALS and cancer research, while studying abroad in Thailand, Ramirez spent time teaching English to local children.
“We taught the kids things like ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’. They were so fun and so full of love,” Ramirez said.
With a general belief of leaving things better than he found them, Ramirez has shown commitment to the values of integrity, respect, loyalty and community.
“I learned from my coaches, my teammates and the game of rugby to live out these values on the field and in my personal life,” Ramirez concluded.
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