Alex's College Degree-Rugby Dream

Alex and his mother need help to fund his first year’s tuition at St. Mary’s College. Even with financial aid, scholarships, and student loans they are considerably short on the heavy cost of tuition.

Alex’s story is that of young man driven by his dream of playing rugby backed by an eagerness and hunger to get a college education.

It is rare that someone has as much success in achieving their goals as early on as this young man.  His grit and determination are prevailing against some significant headwinds.

“We see athletes every year with the physical gifts to be great rugby players but who lack the commitment, work ethic and drive to succeed both on and off the field” Coach Ryan Burke Oakland Warthogs.  

Alex has overcome many challenging circumstances to be in this position.  As his coaches, teammates, and friends, we are reaching out to our communities to help him succeed.

“I grew up in East Oakland surrounded by all kinds of criminal activity. I was blessed to have a hard working single mother who taught me to never let my fears slow me down” Alex Glover.

In his short time playing rugby he has sought out opportunities to learn and grow as a player of the game he loves.  

After playing with the Berkeley Rhinos and the Oakland Warthogs in High School, Alex played at the Santa Barbara Rugby Academy, the U.S. Development Under 20 team and was eventually selected to participate in a prestigious rugby academy in New Zealand.

Prior to rugby Alex was being heavily recruited to universities and colleges for football. During his senior year he missed out on a couple of scholarships to large universities because his grades weren’t adequate.

“Once I realized the opportunity I had missed I made it my goal to never let my grades be an issue again.

He has remained true to that promise. While playing at Santa Barbara Rugby Academy, he attended the number 1 ranked community college in the nation, and was able to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

“Alex is one of the best young men to come through Santa Barbara Rugby Academy. He is respectable, coachable and has an excellent work ethic” Coach Battle, Santa Barbara Rugby Academy.

Alex’s dream is now becoming a reality. He has been accepted to St. Mary’s College beginning in the Fall 2017 and will play rugby for the defending National Champions.

Message from Alex:

My journey with rugby has been incredibly impactful on my life. The new places I have seen, the friendships and brotherhood have been amazing. I want to continue to challenge myself to be the best player I can be and to grow as a person.

St. Mary's College is going to bring the next set of challenges and experiences for me in the fall of 2017. I need your help to come up with the funds to do it and to take the burden off of my Mom to do it all.

I am determined to obtain a degree and continue my journey with rugby and give back to the game what it has and will continue to give to me.

The game of rugby has given my son more than a sport to play; it has expanded the way he thinks about himself and the world around him” Alex’s Mother Sherri Barnes.

My mother and I would greatly appreciate your support to make this opportunity into reality.  

Message from the Coaches:  

Alex has shown tremendous resilience, determination  and leadership in his rugby pursuits and has learned to focus on his higher education goals as the foundation of his success. That drive is something that rugby and his life experience has taught him – this is nothing we as coaches could instill.  It is what we love to see come out of players who push themselves to be their best. As a coach seeing a player work hard and succeed is the greatest gift you can receive.  

Alex and his mother need help to fund his first year’s tuition at St. Mary’s College. Even with financial aid, scholarships, and student loans they are considerably short on the cost of tuition.

Please consider donating to help him obtain a degree and to keep him exceling in all aspects of his life.  We want to see Alex continue to make headlines for all of the right reasons!

Thank you for considering a gift to Alex’s college fund.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Patrick Gardner 
El Cerrito, CA
Sherri Barnes 
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