Nick Pasquale, a UCLA Football walk-on, was struck and killed by a car Sunday morning. Pasquale, who was 20, played a huge part in team camaraderie and brotherhood – and while his impact was less direct on the field, he sure was there. The San Clemente resident got to live part of his dream for a short while, though. During the Bruins week one blowout of Nevada, players made sure the coaching staff gave “Pac-Man” a chance to play. According to head coach Jim Mora, “This is a tragic loss. Nick was an outstanding young man who had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was a great teammate who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family.”
As his family has made clear, more than football, Nick always wanted to help people and serve his community. With an ultimate goal of firefighting, he was an honorable young man. His efforts and meaning to the world around him will be represented by UCLA and Nebraska as they face off in Lincoln. A class act from Nebraska, as they plan to hold a moment of silence, along with wear a sticker on their helmet. The Bruins will wear a uniform patch where, above being more visible, is physically and mentally closer to their hearts.
If you would like to make a donation to the Nick Pasquale foundation, you can visit the website at http://nickpasqualefoundation.com/.
Please note that they are a not for profit organization dedicated towards using their funds for supporting what Nick was all about – be it supporting student athletes or supporting young people in accomplish their dreams.
Rest in peace Nick Pasquale. 1993-2013