Dr. Rosalind Chou, who coaches the women’s rugby team at Life University, grew up in Ocala, Florida, and athletics have always been a central part of her life. When she was a student at Florida State University, she competed as a varsity athlete in softball and played on the club rugby team. She describes the sport of rugby as an “open community,” a safe haven where people are free to be themselves. That wasn’t necessarily the case with other varsity level sports: When she was first starting out, she explained that there was still a lot of intolerance. However, in the past twenty years, Rosalind says that she has seen tremendous change, both in sports and society at large, toward greater acceptance for diversity.
She said: “To see a group of young women, comfortable and confident in their skin; wholeheartedly committed to and willing to fight for the belief that people deserve equal treatment—who wouldn’t be proud of that?”