I loved college. I loved being with my friends, being in Virginia, and playing anything with a ball.
When I was diagnosed with ALS my four college roommates and rugby teammates jumped on the opportunity to don spandex, hop on a bike – to my knowledge only one of them actually owned one in September, purchase plane tickets from the far reaches of the country, and ride a ton of miles to support me and the fight for a cure for ALS.
I have been a coach my entire professional life. I have seen former high school basketball teammates in each other's weddings. Teammates can be the most amazing friends.
I am thrilled to be back with four of the best in two days.
20 June 2017
Fellow W&L Ruggers –
Last July, one of our own W&L Rugby Minks, Andrew Niblock ‘97, was diagnosed with ALS. Andrew was a lock, team captain, and club president his senior year. Over the past year, he has shown how to inspire people battling obstacles through his courage, resilience and indomitable spirit. As the Head of Lower School at Greenwich Country Day School, he has been a shining example to his students of how to handle adversity. He was recently honored with the Community Changemaker Award at the Greenwich International Film Festival and was featured earlier this week on Good Morning America.
This weekend, several of his rugby teammates are helping to raise money for ALS research by riding in the Tri-State Trek Bike Ride to End ALS. While tremendous progress and awareness around ALS has occurred over the past few years, time is critical in pushing a cure across the finish line. If you would like to support TeamNiblock, you can use the attached link: http://tst.als.net/teamniblock. Please keep the Niblock family in your thoughts and prayers.
The photo above shows Andrew on the right.
John Garvey ’97 – Hooker
Chris Dalton ’97 - #8
Brian Kuck ’97 – Prop
Steve Tye ’97 – Fly Half
Tom Lovell '91 - Fly Half