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GCU Men’s Rugby alum Maceo Brown named to U.S. Olympic Men’s Rugby 7’s

Maceo Brown vs. Arizona State
July 2, 2021

Lopes’ back heads to Tokyo Olympic Games as part of prestigious 15-man roster

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

Photo Courtesy: Jeff Dalton

The next rung on the ladder.

And it’s a big one.

After participating in 14 World Rugby 7’s events since playing for the Grand Canyon University Men’s Rugby team three years ago, Lopes’ alum Maceo Brown has been selected to represent the United States as part of the 15-man USA Men’s Olympic 7’s squad. 

Brown was named to the roster that will head to Tokyo, to take part in the Olympic Summer Games, which were postponed for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made this morning by USA Men’s 7s Head Coach Mike Friday when he sent the roster to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee for its approval.

“It’s an honor to be selected as one of the lucky few who have the task of representing this great country,” said Brown.  “There have been so many ups and downs on this journey to become an Olympian, but one thing that never wavered was my faith. Faith in God, faith in humanity, and most importantly, faith in myself.”

Brown, a native of Tempe and a Corona del Sol High School alum, played parts of two seasons with the Lopes in 2017 and 2018, and quickly drew the attention of national and international scouts.  While wearing Lopes’ purple, Brown was named to both the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Rugby Team and the USA Rugby All-American Rugby Town Sevens Roster, and during his senior year at GCU, he took online classes while preparing full-time with the USA Development Team.

After his 2018 debut with the USA team at the Dubai Sevens, Brown was part of the team that won the 2019 USA Sevens Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, by shutting out Samoa in the championship match.

“What a massive honor for Maceo and his family,” said Lopes’ Men’s Rugby Head Coach Sean O’Leary. “The GCU Rugby Family wishes Maceo and the Eagles the very best in their quest for gold.”

Brown and the rest of the 15-player roster will head overseas in the next few days, first training for a week in Mimasaka (about 300 miles from Tokyo) before joining the rest of the U.S. contingent to participate in the opening ceremonies on July 22. The men’s rugby competition at the Olympics is scheduled for July 26-28, and Team USA will start play in Pool C against South Africa, Kenya and Ireland. The exact schedule of games has yet to be announced.


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