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July 2017 Compete MVP Ryan Haynes

Age:  33.

By-Robert-Mercer-(6)Hometown: Yorba Linda, California.

Current Residence: Baltimore, Maryland.

Current Sport(s) Played: Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club for 3 years.

Relationship Status: Single.

Favorite Athlete: James Haskell, England Rugby.

Favorite Team: New Zealand All Blacks.

Interests/Hobbies: Gym, viola, classical music, electronic and tabletop gaming.

Best Physical Feature: Smile.

Why You Love Sports: Sports gives me a chance to balance my shut-in tendencies and provides the opportunity to work together with other people to achieve a common goal. It’s what being a human being is all about!

How Did You First Get Involved in Sports: Mom forced me into soccer at age 5.

Other Sports Played: Soccer (midfield), wrestling and track and field (100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m).

What’s Your Day Job: Government contractor.

Greatest Personal Achievement: Achieving professional fluency in Mandarin.

Greatest Athletic Achievements: Contributing the tries that got the Scandals our first recorded W.

If given the chance, what would you tell/teach your younger self?  And/or is there anything you hope to teach the younger generation that may be looking up to you.

Remember: when someone attacks you for something outside of your control, it comes from a place of pain or fear in their own past. Do not validate their opinions.

What are your future goals? Becoming a capable union rugby referee; 2. Working with our club to achieve a winning record for a season; and 3. The American dream: Buying a house, a dog, a man … however one does these things. I’m not a details-person.

What are your thoughts about the LGBTQ community’s inclusion in sports diversity? It is absolutely necessary for athletes of all sexual and gender identities to participate in every realm of human activity.

I grew up in a loving family that still believes the person I was born goes against God’s plan for my life. After quite a few years of personal struggle to accept and celebrate who I am, I want all young people to know … it’s OK to be ginger. GAY. IT’S OK TO BE GAY.


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