Another big turnout for the 2017 Volunteer Rugby Awards Banquet as over 125 attended the annual celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday night. Alumni and family joined players and dates in recognizing players for our work and commitment to Tennessee Rugby.
The annual gala included a silent auction and also featured an exciting glimpse of the upcoming documentary on the history of Tennessee Rugby.
The night began with an opening remarks by Master of Ceremonies Andy Allen followed by our invocation by team Chaplain Hank Marshman. After a buffet dinner, Coach Bradley opened the meeting with some summary remarks on 2016-2017 and some details on plans for 2017-2018. Next came the team awards following by player recognition and then scholarship announcements. The night wrapped up with the presentation of this year's senior class and their presentment to the UT Old Boys. Father Bob O'Donnell closed the evening with a benediction and the crowd was released into the Knoxville night.
Special thanks to Susie Allen for all her work for the banquet and also to Andy Allen for his masterful job of serving as master of ceremonies. This event has become the pinnacle of the year and Susie and Andy are the big reason for that.
Sexton Scholarship Recipients
Scholar Athlete of the Year - Nick Duklewski
Honoring the student athlete that ha snot only performed at a high level on the field but also has achieved a high level of academic excellence.
Character and Sportsmanship Award - David Ilchert
Honoring the student athlete that has exhibited a high level of character and sportsmanship both on and off the field.
Dedication Award - Duncan Bintrim
Honoring the student athlete that has shown a commitment and devotion to the team both on and off the field.
Hartley Award for Inspirational Leadership - Jack Donlon
Honoring the student athlete that has the ability to lift a team with both his performance and his communication.
Volunteer Award - Keenan Kayser
Honoring the student athlete that continually displays a heart for giving and volunteerism and has a demonstrated characteristic of freely giving to the team.
Most Valuable 15s Player
Most Valuable 7s Player
Player of the Year
Kerry Roberts, Jr.
2017 Ironman Award
Volunteer Scholarship (Details)
Will Shaw, flanker,Father Ryan High School
Graham Wallace, lock, Ravenwood High School
Jace Walter, flanker, Ravenwood High School
Tory Griffin, #8, Ravenwood High School
Justin Walker, lock, Ravenwood High School
Andy Dukes, center, William Blount High School (Bearden)
Dawson Moseley, prop, Bearden High School
Tyler Watson, fullback, Germantown High School
Grindstone Scholarship (Details)
Kerry Roberts Jr, Player of the Year
Dylan Craven & Keenan Kayser, 15s MVP
Travis Vickers, 7s MVP
Nick Duklewski, Scholar Athlete of the Year
Duncan Bintrim, Dedication Award
David Ilchert, Character & Sportsmanship Award
Keenan Kayser, Volunteer Award
Jack Donlon, Hartley Award for Inspirational Leadership
Travis Vickers, Grindstone Scholarship
2017 Ironman Award