Michael Deutsch

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[su_column size=”3/4″ center=”no” class=””]2019 Community Service Award Finalist

Memphis Inner City Rugby
United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC
Charles Schwab

Michael Deutsch has a deep passion for Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR). When he first learned about the program four years ago, the coaches lacked funding, community engagement, and even practice fields. Many of the student-athletes faced adversity daily, as they lived in some of the poorest zip codes in the southeast. Despite these challenges, Michael was drawn to the program and threw himself into volunteering in a host of capacities. Current athletes ask the Executive Director what Michael’s official role is — is he the professional photographer? Is he our trainer? Does he work for MICR? These questions are proof of Michael’s commitment to the program and the athletes it serves. Michael’s commitment truly knows no bounds.

Since 2016, MICR has achieved many great accomplishments thanks in part to Michael’s leadership as Board Chair: the organization garnered so much international attention that Nike featured female athletes from Freedom Prep in a media campaign; new football fields were secured for practices closer to student athletes’ homes; and one of the program’s high school seniors signed commitment papers for a full scholarship to Dartmouth College.[/su_column][/su_row]
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