Y earns a 'win' for forfeit on Sunday

by | Apr. 21, 2010

Saints & Sports

PROVO — They would have done it anyway. But it was easier for the BYU women's rugby team to walk away from a shot at a national championship knowing so many people were on their side.

In Sanford, Fla., this past weekend, the club team forfeited its second-round game against Penn State in the USA Rugby collegiate tournament because the organization mistakenly scheduled it to play on Sunday if it won Saturday. The 35 women — all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU students — were crushed when they found out about the scheduling mishap the Monday before the competition. To play would mean breaking their Sabbath, though, and that simply wasn't an option.

Within days, they were contacted by the New York Times to discuss their decision. Many of the women were focused on their dashed personal dreams. The New York Times' interest caused them to realize that perhaps their sacrifice mattered to more people than just them.

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