What got you interested in rugby and why did you join the Crusaders?
Unlike just about any other team sport, rugby is about all players having the same opportunity to run with the ball, pass the ball, and play defense. I joined the Crusaders to build community, be social, and I also needed something to do outside graduate school.
What position(s) do you play?
I play flyhalf.
How long have you played rugby?
I have played rugby since 2010.
What do you do for a living?
I am a MSW/MPH candidate at Washington University in St. Louis. I am also an adjunct professor and a research assistant. I also do health advocacy consulting work and am a community organizer.
What's a fun fact about you?
I love doing the crossword puzzle and am a passionate social justice activist.
What's your favorite thing about rugby?
My favorite thing about rugby is knowing that someone has my back. I grew up not trusting anyone. Playing rugby challenged me to trust. This has affected other parts of life; therefore, it has affected my life positively. I also love meeting new people and getting to know my teammates, who surprise me with their life experiences. If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.
If you are going to Bingham, what are you most excited about?
I am excited about meeting other people from around the country and world. Rugby is place where you will have friends for life and no matter who you are or where you come from, rugby is the bond that binds you. I am excited to meet others to build community.
Overall, how was rugby affected your life?
Rugby was an antiseptic that cleaned the deepest of personal wounds. I have learned accountability and showing up for others. In return, my teammates count on me. As a poor reservation kid, I didn't have any role models or anyone to count one. So, do you understand how amazing it is to hear this from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four hugest words in the world when they're put together. You can do it. Rugby did this for me.