After I graduated from Holy Cross, I helped found the Tulane RFC at the medical school. Off-the-field traditions such as the "Rookie Run" usually set the tone for the season. Winning that game was the best feeling. It's remarkable how many accomplished people played at Holy Cross. Rugby is in a developmental stage that affords us, with 50 years of alumni and the pool of up-and-coming high school ruggers in Holy Cross' applicant pool, the chance to step on to the national stage. ), but playing Holy Cross women's rugby was the best experience of my life. I have made it my mission to introduce the sport on the high school level. To a man, the guys I played with still think of their rugby experience as one of the most important aspects of what made Holy Cross so special and the friendships formed on the rugby team as the ones that have lasted a lifetime.
Relationship Science It's been 15 years since I graduated -1996- but I am still in very close touch with my rugby friends. I loved that we could tackle the other team hard during the game and then as soon as the whistle blew, we would be shaking hands, laughing, and singing songs with the opposing team. Brian had always been the choir master and a keen student of Irish history and music. People were dedicated to each other. My brother-in-law was a rugby player at St. Bonaventure. As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Management Company LLP, Brendan J Swords leads the firm in our mission to exceed the investment objectives and service expectations of clients worldwide. So I was a founder of two rugby teams.
As soon as we got the bad news, the calls, emails and notes started pouring in from all over the country from Holy Cross ruggers giving us their support. I didn't understand what they were doing and all that pushing and grabbing of shorts looked painful.
I was finally successful in introducing rugby to Simsbury (Conn.) High School. In seven years, I have played for four teams, including one in France during my junior year abroad; but Holy CrossWRFC will always be my first and most special team. Some of my favorite times at Holy Cross were mud practices after a rainstorm, doing mudslides after, and then making it up to Kimball for dinner. The firm invests in consumer discretionary, technology, financial services, biotech, and health care. For me, rugby is intertwined with most, if not all, of my Holy Cross memories. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. Rugby always meant pure sport to me. I know that if I travel abroad and need a place to stay, I can contact a local rugby team, and they will likely have someone to host me for an evening. For some, those playing days lasted well into middle age. The major events that stick with you are the tournaments and spring rugby trips. I stay in contact with most of the ruggers through Facebook, but others were bridesmaids in my wedding and continue to be my best friends even 15 years later. This tournament was held every spring in Middletown, RI, and featured teams of all divisions from the Northeast. I never lost the rugby drive. New York, NY 10001. The last team we played in that tournament was Wesleyan, a Division II team.
Mr Swords earned his MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School (1989) and his BA in mathematics and economics, magna cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross (1983).
Wellington Management Group LLP provides investment management services. On the U.S. national team, there have been four US Eagles out of little bitty Holy Cross. Shooting Team. There is a picture in either the 1967 or 1968 Holy Cross Yearbook of four or five rugby players walking down the hill from practice, arm in arm, that sums up in a picture what Rugby is about more than I could ever put into words. It was and is a brotherhood that transcends time and distance and in that regard mirrors the Holy Cross family as a whole. Discover the Power of Your Network with RelSci Premium Products. I still bleed purple.
The team and those teammates are still far and away my fondest memories of my four years at Holy Cross. It was all in good fun as we nonetheless played them hard but lost in another close match. I am one of four Swords brothers-Brian, John, Brendan and myself-and we all played rugby at Holy Cross and then played for club teams after our college years. Chief Executive Officer at Wellington Management Company LP, BA in Mathematics & Economics, magna cum laude.
It's a memory that will last forever. RelSci Relationships are individuals Brendan Swords likely has professional access to. Being on the rugby team was like being part of a family. When Brian Swords, my Holy Cross RFC and Beacon Hill RFC teammate was dying, there were four life-long rugby friends and teammates from his Holy Cross RFC days along with his brothers, John, Kevin and Brendan (all Holy Cross RFC ruggers as well) that sang "The Wild Colonial Boy" at Brian's bedside before he passed on. One opponent didn't chase him, but just said, "Stand still and he'll run into you.". Everything that happens on a rugby field requires that an individual perform his role, while at the same time relying on the other 14 players to perform theirs. It's such a high-impact physical sport, and there's so much interdependence between teammates, a bond is formed.
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While I was never anyone's All American, I found experiences and memories galore; enough to make me never shake the rugby ethos. The captain of Trinity demanded that we present our two bravest and fastest for induction into Trinity RFC-our guys had to drink a yard of beer in a certain (short) period of time, eat a bowl of the local Indian restaurant's hottest curry, and then race the clock around the square in bare feet in an effort to best Harold Abrahams. I am still a selector for the local rugby club and I point to the space whenever they moan about having to wear a mouthpiece. Rugby is based on trust and unity. I've never seen that anywhere else. While the bartender protected the mirror behind the bar the participants tried to climb the stairs and bring the fight to us. That is what matters most. We have just completed our fifth year and have expanded the scope in Connecticut to include thirteen mens' sides and two womens' sides. We weren't the best ruggers around, but we sure knew how to have a good time. Despite this we had very good teams, and won our far share of games and tournaments. And I know that even if I leave, I will have those friends for life. Men, who today fill the ranks of medicine, law, business and education were and continue to be my brothers. Also, in rugby there is a different position for just about every size and shape of athlete.
I have no idea if this was really true; on my best day, I thought I might rise to be about the third best player on the team, but my kids, and now grandkids, are pretty impressed. What made Holy Cross rugby so special for me was that before we went there none of us had ever played rugby before. The College of the Holy Cross (or Holy Cross) is an undergraduate Roman Catholic, Jesuit, liberal arts college located in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. View Brendan Swords's business profile as Chief Executive Officer at Wellington Management Inc. Find contact's direct phone number, email address, work history, and more. It helped me through medical school and has been a passion of mine ever since. One of my fondest memories is our spring tour of the Bahamas in 2002. There is no better friend or brother than a Holy Cross rugby player. These women have been my confidantes during my post-college life, and I adore them. He's a legend. That's what rugby does better than anything. The firm supplements their internal research with external research from sources such as broker/dealers and third-party research firms.
© 2020 College of the Holy Cross All rights reserved. © 2020 Relationship Science LLC. By the way, I did finally participate in the Olympics as an official. We were a bit of an oddity - when we came into Kimball for dinner after practices, all muddy, bruised and bloodied with wild hair going in all directions, people stared and no one really wanted to get near us, so we always hung together. Nurture your network and further your business goals with smart intelligence on the people and companies that matter most to you. It gave me a newfound confidence, which slowly progressed from the field to an overall confidence in myself as a strong, powerful, and capable woman. Throughout the contest our players received raucous cheers from the Trinity guys who professed their greatest respect for the Holy CrossRFC. Forty or so college-age rugby players managed to handle them (by throwing them down the stairs) without interfering with the party. Hennessey didn't know much about rugby. I've forged some of the best, lasting friendships through rugby. While warming down, I'll never forget getting a nod of respect from one of the BC players we had just bested.
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