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Over 200 attend 2018 Volunteer Gala

04/23/2018, 4:00pm EDT

April 21, 2018 (Knoxville, TN) The Tennessee Rugby community gathered on Saturday night to honor the past, present and future at the 2018 Volunteer Rugby Gala and Awards Banquet.

Over 200 players, family, alumni and supporters were on hand at the Knoxville Convention Center to witness the presentation of annual awards, scholarships and recognition of alumni and friends of rugby at the University of Tennessee.


The Ceremony

Opening comments and year summary

  • SCRC 15s Finalist

  • Returned to National Tournament for first time since 2012 

  • 1st Team All Conference:  Keenan Kayser, Kerry Roberts, Nesto Rivas, Dylan Craven, Travis Vickers
    2nd Team All Conference: Josh Landon, Sam Hawkins, John Via

  • 2.86 Team GPA/; 9 Deans List;10 Academic Honor Roll

  • SCRC 7s 4th Place Finish

  • 1st Team All Conference: Duke Cook
    2nd Team All Conference: Ben Schwartz

Team Awards

  • Scholar Athlete of the Year - Tommy Lane

  • Character and Sportsmanship Award - Josh Landon

  • Dedication Award - Sam Hawkins

  • Kevin Hartley Award for Inspirational Leadership - Dylan Craven

  • Volunteer Award - Duke Cook

Player Recognition

  • Captains - Dylan Craven, Sam Hawkins, Travis Vickers, Creghton Couch

  • Ironman - David Ilchert, Travis Vickers

  • Most Valuable Player 15s - Kerry Roberts, Jr

  • Most Valuable Player 7s - Duke Cook

  • Player of the Year - Keenan Kayser

Presentation of the Seniors

Josh Landon, Travis Vickers, David Ilchert, Kerry Roberts, Jr, John Via

Awarding of Scholarships

Grindstone Scholarship - Dylan Craven

Recognition of the Founding Sexton Scholarship Committee

UT's Stephen Catlett and Mark Clark present certificates of recognition to the founders and committee of the Richard Sexton Scholarship - FULL STORY
Chris Finch, Susan Campbell, John Shaw, Bill (Yamaha) Peterson, Bob Miller

Sexton Scholarship - Tommy Lane, Nesto Rivas

Captain's Circle Induction

Six men were inducted into the inaugural class of The Captain's Circle - UT Rugby Hall of Fame.
Jim Pyles
Bob Hampstead
Dan Parris
Richard Sexton
Marty Bradley
Butch Robertson

Assistant Coaches

2018 Player of the Year - Keenan Kayser

2018 15s Most Valuable Player - Kerry Roberts, Jr

2018 7s Most Valuable Player - Duke Cook

2018 Tennessee Rugby Seniors

2018 Volunteer Award - Duke Cook

2018 Character and Sportsmanship Award - Josh Landon

2018 Dedication Award - Sam Hawkins

2018 Kevin Hartley Award for Inspirational Leadership - Dylan Craven

2018 Scholar Athlete of the Year - Tommy Lane

2018 Ironman Award

2017-2018 Tennessee Rugby Captains

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