ANCHORAGE Work hard, play hard. It's a pretty fitting motto for the Army National Guard recruiter who spends his time off training for, organizing, and playing in rugby 7s tournaments.
The 2018 Army Male Athlete of the year hails from Anchorage, where he was a decorated high school athlete at Dimond High. Now, Sgt. Michael Melendez Rivera works and lives in Utah.
Wednesday, Melendez Rivera was presented his award by Gustave F. Perna, a four-star General in the United States Army, who serves as the commanding general of the United States Army Materiel Command.
In a previous interview with Channel 2, Melendez said of the sport, "The greatest thing about rugby is it brings everybody together from different teams and cultures around the world. That's what I love about this sport. If you're a basketball player, a football player, rugby is a sport where everything can happen to you. If you're an athlete just show what you have".