James Rich Courage Award



James Rich (1964-2015), an eighth-degree black belt in Taekwondo and first-degree black belt in Weeping Style Jujitsu, was a principled, honorable and devoted man to many children and families in the Knoxville community. He led children to be strong and pushed them to be great. With unrivaled tenacity and indomitable spirit, James battled an aggressive cancer that had already spread throughout his body at the time of diagnosis. During the time he battled cancer, he was looked to for guidance and grit, stability, and security.

A scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded to one swimmer who meets the following criteria:

  • A competitor in the 15-Up age group; and
  • Who had overcome adversity or who has shown exceptional leadership.

James Rich was an honorable man who was a role model for thousands of Knoxville-area athletes over several decades. We are proud to be able to be able to offer this generous award in his memory.

An application is attached. Applications should be submitted to GKAISA President Angelia Nystrom at anystrom@tennessee.edu on or before July 22.

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