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Richard Sexton

By MTB, 11/20/18, 10:15AM EST


2018 Inductee - Unparalleled Commitment and Spirit

Richard Sexton

Unparalleled Commitment and Spirit for the Game at the University of Tennessee
Richard started playing rugby at UT in 1971 and served as Club President from 1975 – 1976. Richard played flanker and in 1975 he was elected the MVP for the club and became a member of the Mid South Select Side.  He continued to play rugby after graduation from UTK with the High Country RFC in Atlanta and was its President from 1978-1980.  He organized the UTK Rugby Alumni Association, “The Old Boys”, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the “Old Boys Weekend".

He always dreamed of starting a scholarship to help recognize dedicated and academically deserving fellow club members and it was this dream that was the impetus to honor his untimely death Feb. 18, 1980 by starting the Richard C. Sexton, Jr. Rugby Club Scholarship. 

Today, the Sexton Scholarship is the most highly revered award presented each year and recognizes a student athletes selfless character, everlasting spirit for the game and commitment to the club - all of which perfectly described Richard Sexton.