Collegiate Rugby Player of the Year Awards Ceremony

MA Sorensen & Rudy Scholz Awards Ceremony

With Keynote Speaker Tom Billups, U.S. Rugby Hall of Famer

Saturday, June 8, 2019; 6–9 pm


Washington Athletic Club
Crystal Ballroom
Third Floor
1325 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

The Washington Athletic Club (WAC), an iconic city athletic club located in downtown Seattle, hosts the fourth annual MA Sorensen and Rudy Scholz Collegiate Rugby Player of the Year Awards. The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Tom Billups, a former U.S. international player (captain) and head coach of the United States National Team. He holds the distinction of being the first person inducted into the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. Billups recently completed his 20th season at the University of California, Berkeley where, as associate head coach, he has helped guide the Golden Bears to 12 national collegiate championships in 15s and five national 7s titles.

The event, which will be emceed by Jessamyn McIntyre, includes dinner and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC by reservation. Tickets can be purchased by calling 206.464.3076 or by emailing Wayne Milner at

Harley Wheeler headshot
Harley Wheeler

The male recipient of the Rudy Scholz Award is Life University (Marietta, GA.) center, Harley Wheeler. “Considering the many accomplished nominees and finalists, we are happy to see Harley win the Rudy Scholz Award for his efforts throughout 2018-2019,” said Life University coach, Colton Cariaga. “Harley not only excels at the highest level of Division I Rugby week in and week out, but he has also found success representing the USA in both 15s and 7s. Harley fully embodies the student-athlete moniker, having earned honor roll every single term he has been enrolled, maintaining a 3.8 GPA overall. Most of all, Harley has always given back through mentoring underclassmen teammates, youth coaching and community service. Harley is deserving of the award and we are thankful for his many contributions of over the years.”

Emily Henrich headshot
Emily Henrich

The female recipient of the Maryanne (MA) Sorensen Award is Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH.) center, Emily Henrich. “Emily has an explosive combination of skill, power and grit that makes her an unstoppable force on the field,” said Dartmouth College head coach, Katie Dowty. “I believe many years as a multi-sport athlete have helped make her an incredibly well-rounded player – both physically and mentally. The truly unstoppable force within Emily is the resilient mindset, work ethic and humility she brings to developing herself and her team. For me, she has redefined what it means to be a world-class athlete. Like MA Sorensen, she brings that same excellence to her studies and is a role model, leader and game changer both on and off the field. We, at Dartmouth, are grateful and proud to be a part of her journey.”

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About Washington Athletic Club

Washington Athletic Club (WAC) is located in the heart of downtown Seattle on Sixth Avenue, between Union and University streets. The historical landmark opened in 1930 and has remained committed to its mission to enrich the quality of life of its members. The WAC is among the top five athletic clubs nationally and is a nine-time repeat winner of the 5 Star Platinum Award. The WAC includes five floors of state-of- the-art athletic facilities, the Inn at the WAC, a wellness center, full-service spa, multiple restaurants, and private events space. For more information, please visit


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