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Alexis Ward



Hails From: 

Philadelphia, PA

Job that Pays the Bills: 

Grad Student, Occupational Therapy

Rugby Life:

  • Philly Women’s Rugby Club

  • University of Virginia (Captain, President, Vice President)

  • NOVA Women’s Rugby Club

  • Charlottesville Cardinals Unified Rugby (Founder and Coach)

  • Assistant Coach for U11 co-ed, youth touch team, Annapolis, MD (summer, 2022)

Leading Like a Boss:

  • Rugby Virginia (Executive Board, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair)

  • Alpha Delta Pi Sorority (Vice President of Event Management, Head of Risk Management)

  • Best Buddies, UVA Chapter, Secretary

  • Madison House Soccer Organization, Charlottesville Area Volunteer (Program Director, Head Coach)

  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society (Outreach Chair, Vice President)

  • Order of Omega Greek Honor Society (President)

  • ULink Peer Advising (Advisor)

Why We Love Alexis:

While working on her Master’s degree in Kinesiology, Alexis combined her coursework with her experiences coaching youth sports and Special Olympics and formed the Charlottesville Cardinals Unified Rugby team, a rugby program for individuals with disabilities. Alexis is currently pursuing a doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson College in Philadelphia yet, she continues to work with the Cardinals and the dream of creating a league for persons with disabilities.

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