Memphian makes history with D1 rugby scholarship

Memphian makes history with D1 rugby scholarship
Letter from Jim Strickland congratulating Merritt. (Source: Facebook)
Letter from Jim Strickland congratulating Merritt. (Source: Facebook)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A young Memphian became the first African-American female rugby player from Memphis to earn a college scholarship.

JaVonii Merritt, a recent graduate of Soulsville Charter School, played rugby with Memphis Inner City Rugby.

She's now earned herself a Division I scholarship to Life University.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland sent Merritt personalized note congratulating her on the achievement.

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