1975 Sexist OSU Newsletter
The Old Man, the newsletter of the Ohio State University Men’s Rugby club announced the formation of the Ohio State women’s team. Note the graphic illustration of a female player.
1977 The Pitch
The Tube and the Pitch, two different Ohio State Women’s team newsletters from 1977 show the grassroots organizing, bawdy nature of women’s rugby at the time.
Job That Pays the Bills:
Nursing Student, Howard University
West Carroll Maurauders High School Rugby (player)
Old Glory Academy Girls U19 (player)
Howard Women’s Rugby Team (player, captain)
Leading Like a Boss:
Founder, Howard University Women’s Rugby Club, the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) women’s rugby program
Why We Love Takunda:
Takunda spearheaded the effort to bring women’s rugby to Howard University; in the inaugural year the team boasts 23+ players
“She’s taken responsibility for the growth, development, and all of the little tedious and thankless things that are needed to make a program run on a day to day basis.”
All photos provided by the award recipient
Photo Credit: Jonathan Newton