The Buffalo Rugby Club and the Patel family have established The Kamil Patel - Buffalo Rugby Scholarship which is dedicated to honoring the memory of Kamil Patel. The scholarship was created in the spring of 2018 to assist high school rugby players who
Kamil was a multi-sport athlete in high school. He started playing rugby with his brother Dannish and friends on the Kenmore East community-based high school team. He went on to play at the University of Buffalo and with the Buffalo Rugby Men’s Club.
Although Kamil was a very good athlete and an exceptional rugby player, it was not those attributes which endeared him to his coaches, teammates, family, and friends.
Kamil was the exceptional individual who thrived on bringing people together. He always had a smile. He was inclusive, positive, supportive and eager for the next adventure. Kamil’s joy for life and his love for people made him an unforgettable person within our rugby community. His unbelievable ability to make those around him laugh and smile will never be forgotten.
In January 2018, a week before his 30th birthday, his life was ended in a random act of violence in Miami Beach Florida.
Our hope is the memory of Kamil will be sustained in part by the awarding of this scholarship to students, who follow in his footsteps, loving rugby and taking advantage of the opportunity it provides to bring people together and help them grow.
This scholarship program is administered by the Buffalo Rugby Club, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.