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Not only are rugby players impressive on the field, so many of them demonstrate respect, integrity, and leave a lasting impact on their community. In anticipation of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) on June 2-3, 21 outstanding individuals have been nominated for the Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award for the impact they have had on their program, their communities and the people around them.
Each year, the award is presented to a collegiate student-athlete participating in the CRC to honor the values of both the rugby community and Penn Mutual. The contenders exemplify notable values – such as integrity, respect, and loyalty – not only on the rugby pitch, but off as well, by serving as a mentor, giving back to the community or working with a charitable organization.
The inaugural Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award was presented to David Schroeder, then a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy for his selfless acts of leadership and his commitment to serving our country. In 2016, David Caputo from the University of Michigan received the award as a result of his commitment to giving back to underprivileged youth. Most recently, Jenna Jones, from the U.S. Naval Academy, became the first female to win the award and was recognized for her history of volunteerism, most notably with Maryland Special Olympics and Girls on the Run.
Of these 21 individuals, there are six National Small College Rugby Organization players and four female nominees. It is the largest group of nominations to date with 13 states and Venezuela being represented in 2018.
To see the list of 2018 Nominees Click here.