Bob Matthews, MD’86, establishes planned gift to honor Rugby Club’s impact
When Bob Matthews came to the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, he discovered that at Vanderbilt he was in the company of smart, highly motivated classmates for whom the ethos “work hard, play hard” was the rhythm of life.
Matthews realized that this atmosphere of camaraderie and hard work transcended the classroom when he found himself in an unexpected place for a “skinny former cross-county runner from the middle of nowhere”—the rugby pitch.
“My friends admit that when they invited me to join, they thought I would come out for one or two practices, get broken somehow and give it up,” Matthews says with a laugh. Instead, he played the sport for the next 17 years.
“To me, rugby is everything that sports should be—hard competition on the pitch, and as soon as the match is over, you’re all friends. The best friends I have in life are the people I played rugby with, many of them from when I started playing at Vanderbilt.”