June 5, 2019
Today, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes was pleased to host the members of the outstanding BYU women’s Rugby Team in the Utah State Capitol in order to celebrate their undefeated season and victory in the D1 Spring College Championship.
Attorney General Reyes released this statement at the ceremony:
“The Utah Attorney General’s Office congratulates the BYU Women’s Rugby Team for winning this national championship and inspiring youth and young women in particular, to further their educational goals, work hard, play by the rules and become winners on the field, in the classroom and in life.”
“Rugby has a rich tradition in Utah history. From Highland High School and Coach Larry Gelwix’s immeasurable influence and 20 national championships to numerous players on the USA Rugby team and international squads with Utah ties; and from Utah Warriors Professional Rugby, BYU Men’s national championship teams to the thousands of weekend players in local leagues over the years, rugby is an integral part of Utah’s DNA. Now the BYU Women’s Rugby Team adds its own story in this long legacy of champions. “
Reyes added that for years, law enforcement programs such as Police Athletic Leagues have encouraged youth to participate in sports and help them make successful life decisions.