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September 17, 2012

Rugby
Returns to Sherman College of Chiropractic

TN-7-CM-tackleIn a quote often attributed to Winston
Churchill, rugby is described as “a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen.” This
fast-paced sport, well known for both its physical and social aspects, has
returned to Sherman after a 26-year hiatus, thanks to the initiative of coach
Adam Ashcraft, a former rugger and Sherman’s director of continuing education.

The team’s first home match will be Saturday,
September 22, at 2 p.m. at Pride Park on the Sherman campus (2020 Springfield
Road in Spartanburg) against seasoned competitors The Columbia Olde Grey. The
Sherman College Rugby Football Club is part of the Palmetto Union of men’s
teams and will play three seasons: fall, spring and summer. The club has six
scheduled matches in the fall season and looks forward to the support of the
Spartanburg and Sherman College communities; Ashcraft believes fans will enjoy
watching the physical nature and the constant action of the sport.

He is enthusiastic about the club’s first
season.  “While The Sherman Pride may
lack the experience that many of our opponents have, we are training hard and
expect an exciting season,” Ashcraft says. “Most of our players have never
played rugby before, but all of them have latched on to the philosophy and
passion of the game, and we can’t wait to take the pitch.”

After proposing the resurgence of Sherman rugby
to Sherman President Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C., and the board of trustees earlier
this year, Ashcraft officially started the program back up in March with much excitement
from the college community and 100 percent administrative approval. The team
has been practicing all summer.

“It’s more than a game, much more,”
Ashcraft says of the camaraderie and the fraternal aspect of the sport. “I
wanted to bring that community back to Sherman. It’s a philosophy of enjoying
life to its fullest. When you go to a rugby match, people are laughing, smiling
and really enjoying themselves, including and especially the players on the pitch.”

Ashcraft_Adam-webAshcraft knows this from experience,
having played rugby for 15 years, beginning as a high school senior in 1982 in
Alexandria, VA, then moving on to college play at the University of Nevada Las
Vegas (where he served as captain) and Florida State University. He later
played with teams in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta and Richmond, as well as nine
years in Knoxville, TN, finally ending his career as a player in 1996. He is
certified as a level 200 coach through USA Rugby.

Spartanburg
chiropractor and Sherman faculty member Dr. Kevin Power is also an integral
part of the resurgence of Rugby at Sherman, having played fullback on the
college’s original team in 1978 and now serving as backs coach.

While he
acknowledges the challenge of molding a team that includes many inexperienced
players, Power says it’s a task he knows will pay off. “I am immensely proud of
our young men and the effort, energy and enthusiasm that they are bringing to
the game,” he says. “I believe this team will be a great rallying point for the
campus community and that they will be tremendous representatives of Sherman
College as we travel to compete against other teams.”

Admission to the game is free;
refreshments and Sherman rugby t-shirts will be available for purchase. Local
companies sponsoring The Pride include Southeast Sports Chiropractic (the
official Sherman Rugby Team chiropractors), RJ Rockers and Nu-Way Lounge and
Restaurant.

For a schedule and more information about
Sherman Rugby, go to www.sherman.edu/rugby
or the Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Sherman.Rugby.

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to enter the field as primary health care professionals who are highly skilled,
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more information, please contact:

Karen
Rhodes
Director
of Public Relations
Sherman
College of Chiropractic
Phone:
800-849-8771, ext. 242
E-mail:
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