FAIRMONT – With the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics rapidly approaching, marking the first time rugby sevens will ever be played as an Olympic event, two of the major difference makers for the squad from the United States are former Division II athletes.
FAIRMONT — Members of the Fairmont community gathered Thursday at the Falcon Center on the Fairmont State University campus to wish one of their own the best of luck as he makes his way to the Rio Olympics.
Perry Baker, a Daytona Beach, Florida, native who graduated from Fairmont State in 2013, will represent FSU and the United States as a member of the USA men’s Rugby sevens team in this year’s Olympics.
USA Rugby annually recognizes collegiate rugby student athletes for their excellence in the classroom with the USA Rugby National Collegiate Academic Honor Roll.
Adam Martin of Elkins graduated from Fairmont State University in May 2013 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. During his time at FSU, he and his twin brother Ian Martin were four-year starters on the Men’s Rugby Team, a club sport team.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College will host a drive to register bone marrow donors. Sponsored by the Rugby Team, the drive will urge students, faculty and staff to “give a spit about cancer” by signing up for the Be the Match Foundation bone marrow registry via a simple cheek swab.
Fairmont Rugby players have been invited to participate in the Three Rivers Rugby Conference All-Star Match at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
The Fairmont Rugby team is recognized as part of the Club Sports Program through the Office of Student Affairs, which serves Fairmont State and Pierpont Community & Technical College. The Club Sports program complements the Intramural Sports Program and the Varsity Athletic Program.