Captain of St. Louis Rugby Rams to Speak Dec. 4 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 28, 2007 – Kerri Morgan, captain of the St. Louis Rugby Rams, will deliver an inspirational message on how, even with a disability, you can be a competitive athlete.

Morgan is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in Crisp Hall Room 125. The event is free and open to the public. 

An intense player of ‘Murderball’, also known as quadriplegic rugby, Morgan is a tough competitor that hasn’t gone unnoticed; she has been invited to try out in December for the Olympic team that will travel to Beijing in 2008. 

Morgan is a superstar in her own right. As a triathlete, a track star, captain of the St. Louis Rugby Rams and a member of the U.S. Paralympics Quad Rugby farm squad, she is one lady that has proven a wheelchair, or being female, cannot hold her back.  She is one of the best female players in a very male dominated sport. Quad Rugby is co-ed with the United States having about 500 quad-rugby players, only 12 of whom are females who play competitively. 

Morgan is a St. Joseph’s Academy graduate. She earned her master’s degree from Washington University and currently teaches in their occupational therapy program. 

Quad Rugby, or Wheelchair Rugby as it is also called, was originally called ‘Murderball’ due to the aggressive nature of the game.  It was introduced in the United States in 1981 by Brad Mikkelsen, who with the aid of the University of North Dakota’s Disabled Student Services, formed the first team, the Wallbangers. This event changed the game’s name from Murderball to Quad Rugby.  Quadriplegic Rugby is the subject of the 2005 Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball.