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Dick Smith


Dick was one of the founders of the Chicago Lions Rugby Club. He served two terms as President of the Midwest Union and, in that capacity, facilitated the formation of the United States Rugby Football Union (USARFU), now known as USA Rugby, proudly affixing his signature to the Union’s Charter on June 7th, 1975.

After relocating to Seattle in 1977, Smith served two terms as President of Old Puget Sound Beach RFC. He helped form the Pacific Northwest Union in 1978 and served one term as President; he was also a selector for their representative side, the Loggers. A longtime sponsor and supporter of Team America (now the Classic Eagles), Smith also provided much of the seed money for the development of the IRB-sanctioned pitch at Magnuson Park in Seattle. He donates to the Chicago Lions and OPSB/Seattle to assist in their continued growth and success, as well as to USA Rugby and the US Rugby Foundation, where he is currently on the Board of Governors. In 2013, Dick Smith was inducted into the US Rugby Hall of Fame.