April 19, 2020
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Meet the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2020 San Diego, CA (April 17, 2020) – The United States Rugby Foundation is pleased to announce the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Rick Bailey Tam Breckenridge Jamie Burke Bill Campbell Chris Lippert Gerry Seymour In addition, long-time stalwarts of the game: Mike Dunafon, Bob Erwin and Matt Godek have been selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards, while the 1976 U.S. Men's National Team that faced off against Australia in the first U.S. Eagles match in the Modern Era has been selected for the Chairman's Award. The six newest members of the United States Rugby Hall of Fame and four special award recipients are to be honored at the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Dinner which has been tentatively scheduled to be held at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO on Friday, August 14, 2020, the night before the scheduled test match between the United States and Canada. If the game is cancelled by World Rugby, we will look to reschedule the dinner this Fall in connection with another test match. Gerry Seymour was a rugby visionary who is credited with advancing the sport of rugby in middle America and beyond. Born in London, England in 1927, Seymour graduated from Westminster College prior to serving in the British Armed Forces. He came to the United States in 1960 as a member of the British Consul Office and called Kansas City, Missouri his home. In 1964 he organized Kansas City’s first rugby club, the Kansas City Rugby Football Club. Later, he organized and served as president of the Heart of America RFU from 1967-1976. He was the HOARFU representative when the Western Rugby Football Union was formed in 1975 and represented the Western RFU at the meeting in Chicago where the U.S.A. Rugby Football Union was formed. Seymour represented the U.S.A. as its ambassador at the first Rugby World Cup in 1987 and ultimately served as a director of U.S.A. Rugby for 14 years. In addition to being a rugby enthusiast, he was a highly respected and beloved member of the Kansas City community.
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