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The US Rugby Foundation will take a moment at this year’s Hall of Fame event to recognize those rugby players who have passed away during the past year.

If you would like to recognize someone who played rugby in the US and has passed away sometime during the past 12 months, please submit the following information:
Name of person to honor (please make sure spelling is correct)
List rugby clubs honoree was associated with (up to four)
Attach a high-quality photo of the honoree
The deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 1st.

All submissions can be emailed to US Rugby Foundation President, Brian Vizard [email protected].
“The Raleigh RedHawks wish to express our deepest gratitude for the tent you generously donated to our club. The tent looks fantastic! We were blown away by the design and functionality. Most importantly, the tent made us stand out at the event, in a most prominent and professional manner. The tent not only functions on practicality of purpose, but also provides an inviting gathering spot, further identifying and growing our club’s prominence as part of the community.”

Andy Thomas | Regional Sales Manager
The US Rugby Foundation invites you to join them to help honor and celebrate the class of 2022 at this year's US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The newest members of the US Rugby Hall of Fame will be inducted on Friday, July 15th, 2022, at the Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, Colorado. The following day, Infinity Park plays host to the US Men’s National Team vs Chile in a Rugby World Cup qualifying match.

Register: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/register-induction-ceremony/
The US Rugby Foundation is partnering with USA Youth & High School Rugby to provide seed funding to encourage the formation of new high school rugby programs.

The Foundation is providing $100,000 for this national program to expand high school rugby programs throughout the United States.

Learn More:
https://usrugbyfoundation.org/usa-youth-high-school-rugby-partnership-apply-for-a-grant-today/
The US Rugby Foundation has joined National Collegiate Rugby as a sponsor of the 2022 Collegiate Rugby Championships (CRC), known as May Madness 7s.

During the CRC, the Foundation will be present to inform rugby players, coaches, referees, parents and the like about the grant programs offered, as well as showcasing the work the Foundation is doing to continue the growth of grassroots rugby in America.

Stop by the US Rugby Foundation tent at the CRC to learn more about the great efforts of the Foundation and how you can make an impact in the rugby community.

Learn More: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-joins-collegiate-rugby-championship-as-sponsor/
Matchday Tent update

“We are excited to bring our tent with us to all of our tournaments this upcoming season around the US. This will be a great hub for our teams, coaches, and parents to gather in between games, stay out of the sun, and hydrate! We will also be able to use it every week in the summer for our youth matches at our rugby pitch in downtown Anchorage. This will be great for people strolling by in the public park to recognize what we are playing (RUGBY!!!).”

Jami Almonte | Alaska Youth Rugby Coach & Treasurer
On April 9th the US Rugby Foundation Directors and Governors held their Annual General Meeting at the Westin in downtown Houston. They discussed a myriad of topics in a meeting that started at 9:00 am and lasted until 5:00 pm. Guests included USA Rugby Chairman Ross Young, USA Men’s National Team Defensive Coach Scott Lawrence, Major League Rugby Commissioner George Killebrew.

The Foundation had it's first of many Receptions around the country to introduce many to the US Rugby Foundation and gave an update on what the Foundation has been up to.

The weekend was capped off by attending the MLR match between the Houston SaberCats and the Dallas Jackals by all those who participated in the AGM.

Featured in the image (left to right) - Bob Latham, David Bruck, David Skidmore, Bill Fraumann, Brad Andrews, Daryl Jackson, Brian Vizard, Paul Kaler, Bob Erwin, John Decker.
“I can’t begin to say what a blessing the US Rugby Foundation has been to us. Last year was our first season as a club. While there are 2 other youth rugby clubs in the surrounding Oklahoma City area, they are both in fairly affluent suburbs, and do not make any effort to recruit any of the roughly 46,000 students in the Oklahoma City public school district. Many of our players come from challenging economic conditions and the support from the US Rugby Foundation was invaluable. Not only did we receive enough balls to outfit us all season from the A Ball 4 All program, we also qualified for the game day tent!”

Eric Sanderson | Head Coach of OKC Grays High School Rugby Club
Coaches & Referees Spotlight

Caroline Meckel | Crusaders Online Coaching Course Grant Recipient
Coaches & Referees Spotlight

Colton Cariaga | Crusaders Online Coaching Course Grant Recipient
It is our honor to announce the US Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2022 and special award recipients. These awards celebrate those who have played a major role in the sport of rugby in the United States.

Hall of Fame Class of 2022:
Steve Cohen
Phillip Eloff
Gary Hein
Maryanne Sorenson
Zack Test
Mose Timoteo
Blane Warhurst

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:
Fred Alexander
Alan Sharpley

More information about this year’s US Rugby Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, including registration details, will be coming soon.
Coaches & Referees Spotlight

Derek Pearson | Crusaders Online Coaching Course Grant Recipient

For over 50 years, the Foundation has been a part of American rugby at its grass roots. We support c

Programs / Grants

Over the years, the USRF has supplied thousands of size four and five balls to over 1,400 youth and high school rugby teams, schools and community programs. In addition, the USRF has provided grants to many coaches and referees around the country who've completed courses sanctioned by USA Rugby. The Foundation supplies 10 high school teams annually with Start-Up Kits, to assist

Operating as usual

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Brian Vizard, US Rugby Foundation President, is pleased to announce today that there will be not one, but two recipients of 2023 Nelson College (NZ) Scholarships.

The goal of the Foundation’s High School Rugby Scholarship Program is to advance the personal, cultural, and academic development of the scholar athletes while also giving them the opportunity to become better rugby players and use their experience in New Zealand to influence and help elevate the play of their high school teammates when they return.

The Selection Committee received nineteen applications and after the review process concluded that two applicants stood out academically and athletically from the others, Max Doerfler and Oliver Kirk.

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The 17th Annual Scrumble Charity Golf Tournament is coming up on Friday, February 24th! Whether you are taking part in the Scrumble or not, help out the US Rugby Foundation by purchasing one or more of the Scrumble sponsorship opportunities.

Purchase Sponsorship: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/golf-scrumble

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On this episode of the With You! Rugby podcast, the President of the US Rugby Foundation, Brian Vizard, sits down to talk with Fred Alexander. Fred has been involved in rugby for many decades and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Fred was born and raised in Texas and participated in football, track, and wrestling in high school. He was introduced to rugby when a colleague who played in college asked Fred to join in on a practice—he’s been playing ever since.

Watch or listen to the podcast episode below!
https://usrugbyfoundation.org/with-you-rugby-podcast-fred-alexander

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One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.

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Get into the swing of things by registering for the 17th Annual US Rugby Foundation Scrumble Charity Golf Tournament! The Scrumble will take place at the Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course on Friday, February 24, 2022.

Register Today: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/golf-scrumble/

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The US Rugby Foundation is accepting nominations for the US Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2023. Nominations must be received by January 31, 2023.

The Nomination Form and assistance tools can be found here: https://usrfportal.force.com/nominee/s/

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GivingTuesday was on November 29th. All donations made will make a huge difference in growing grassroots rugby throughout the United States. That’s amazing!

Thank you again for your support. We couldn’t provide youth rugby athletes these great opportunities without you!
However, it is never too late to become a member of The Clubhouse!

https://usrugbyfoundation.org/clubhouse/

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Today on GivingTuesday, the US Rugby Foundation is raising money to grow the sport of rugby throughout the United States - please join us!

You can give by making a donation to the Foundation by clicking https://usrugbyfoundation.app.neoncrm.com/forms/donate or becoming a member of The Clubhouse at https://usrugbyfoundation.org/clubhouse/.

You’ll be doing more than just donating - your kindness will help make it possible for youth rugby athletes' dreams to come true.

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What are you doing on Tuesday, November 29?

That day is GivingTuesday - a global day of giving where people all over the world come together to support their favorite nonprofits.

Here’s How You Can Get Involved:
1. Click Here to Add GivingTuesday to Your Calendar!
2. Give to the US Rugby Foundation with any amount comfortable for you by donating here or become a Charter Member of The Clubhouse by joining here.
3. Spread the word by telling your friends, family, and coworkers why you are passionate about growing grassroots rugby.
4. Invite them to join you in making a difference.

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The US Rugby Foundation is accepting nominations for the US Rugby Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

Nominations for the Class of 2023 must be received by January 31, 2023.

The US Rugby Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 with a mission to celebrate the history, honor the heroes, inspire the youth and preserve the legacy of rugby in the United States by giving recognition and honor to those who have contributed to US Rugby at the highest level of skill, talent, and dedication.
The US Rugby Hall of Fame Nomination Form and assistance tools can be found here:

https://www.tfaforms.com/4925982

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Do you know a high school rugby player who would like to follow up his next Spring Rugby Season by heading down to New Zealand and playing rugby at Nelson College - a top New Zealand high school with a unique rugby curriculum?

If you do, then please encourage them to review the program description below, discuss it with their high school coach and, if it looks like a good fit, then have them start filling out the application for this once-in-a-lifetime rugby immersion experience.

But you need to act soon as the deadline for this College Scholarship application is October 28, 2022.

Apply Now: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-announces-nelson-college-grant-program/

Timeline photos 10/21/2022

Do you know a high school rugby player who would like to follow up his next Spring Rugby Season by heading down to New Zealand and playing rugby at Nelson College - a top New Zealand high school with a unique rugby curriculum?
If you do, then please encourage them to review the program description below, discuss it with their high school coach and, if it looks like a good fit, then have them start filling out the application for this once-in-a-lifetime rugby immersion experience.

But you need to act soon as the deadline for this College Scholarship application is October 28, 2022.
Apply Now: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-announces-nelson-college-grant-program/

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Do you know a high school rugby player who would like to follow up his next Spring Rugby Season by heading down to New Zealand and playing rugby at Nelson College - a top New Zealand high school with a unique rugby curriculum?

If you do, then please encourage them to review the program description below, discuss it with their high school coach and, if it looks like a good fit, then have them start filling out the application for this once-in-a-lifetime rugby immersion experience.

But you need to act soon as the deadline for this College Scholarship application is October 28, 2022.

Apply Now: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-announces-nelson-college-grant-program/

Vandegrift football team credits rugby players for gaining an edge on the gridiron 10/05/2022

Vandegrift football team credits rugby players for gaining an edge on the gridiron

CHECK THIS OUT!!
https://www.statesman.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2022/10/01/vandegrift-defeats-manor-football-in-key-district-matchup/69531094007/?fbclid=IwAR2gR_H6qSXUD73welFH1jHSolc3GqCdQXDNc9AnAKpvnQYR_CO7LN2SbM0#l8s8cf1s5kvomvy8346

Vandegrift football team credits rugby players for gaining an edge on the gridiron Ian Reed has developed into one of the best offensive linemen in Texas with the help of an alternative sport.

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Coaches & Referees Spotlight

Scott Joyce | Crusaders Coaching Course Grant Recipient

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Do you know a high school rugby player who would like to follow up his next Spring Rugby Season by heading down to New Zealand and playing rugby at Nelson College - a top New Zealand high school with a unique rugby curriculum?

If you do, then please encourage them to review the program description below, discuss it with their high school coach and, if it looks like a good fit, then have them start filling out the application for this once-in-a-lifetime rugby immersion experience.

But you need to act soon as the deadline for this College Scholarship application is October 28, 2022.

Apply Now: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-announces-nelson-college-grant-program/

Timeline photos 09/09/2022

Do you know a high school rugby player who would like to follow up his next Spring Rugby Season by heading down to New Zealand and playing rugby at Nelson College - a top New Zealand high school with a unique rugby curriculum?
If you do, then please encourage them to review the program description below, discuss it with their high school coach and, if it looks like a good fit, then have them start filling out the application for this once-in-a-lifetime rugby immersion experience.

But you need to act soon as the deadline for this College Scholarship application is October 28, 2022.

Apply Now: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-announces-nelson-college-grant-program/

08/29/2022

This week on the With You! Rugby Podcast, the President of the United States Rugby Foundation, Brian Vizard, spoke with Maryanne (MA) Sorensen, three-time Rugby World Cup performer, 1991 Rugby World Cup champion, and 2022 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame inductee.

MA was born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved around a good amount in her childhood. Her high school didn’t offer very many organized sports for women, but MA swam, rode horses, sailed, and bowled. She discovered rugby in college and was part of the first-ever women's team at the College of William & Mary.

Watch or listen to the podcast episode below!

https://usrugbyfoundation.org/with-you-rugby-podcast-maryanne-sorensen

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Coaches & Referees Spotlight

Matt Trenary | Crusaders Coaching Course Grant Recipient

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The US Rugby Foundation is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Goldenberg and Anne Barry to the Foundations Board of Directors.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Liz and Anne accept our invitation to join our Board,” said US Rugby Foundation President, Brian Vizard. “Both bring years of experience in both rugby and business, and they are still very passionate about the sport. They are already familiar with many members of the Board having been involved with the game for so long. I look forward to working more closely with them in the coming years.”

Learn More:
https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-welcomes-two-new-directors-to-the-board/

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There are only a few days left until the 15th Annual Scrumble Charity Golf Tournament! The Scrumble will take place at the Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Register today to reserve your spot!
Register: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/golf-tournament/

Timeline photos 08/18/2022

There is only 1 week left until the 15th Annual Scrumble Charity Golf Tournament! The Scrumble will take place at the Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Register: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/golf-tournament/

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The Foundation is seeking applications from well-rounded U.S. high school boys with excellent basic rugby skills who are interested in spending the ‘23 summer term attending high school in New Zealand and playing high-level rugby in an immersive setting.

Completed player applications and the coaches’ letters must be submitted by October 28, 2022.

Learn More & Apply: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/us-rugby-foundation-announces-nelson-college-grant-program/

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This week on the With You! Rugby Podcast, the President of the United States Rugby Foundation, Brian Vizard, spoke with former Eagles great, Gary Hein. Gary is a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2022, inducted on July 15, 2022.

Gary grew up west of Los Angeles and played many sports in his youth, including football, basketball, and track and field. He got a scholarship to play football at Cal, where he discovered rugby. After he graduated from Cal, Gary went to Oxford to pursue his law degree, where he continued to play rugby. Throughout his rugby career, Gary also played for the Old Blues and the USA Eagles, participating in the first two XVs Rugby World Cups and the first 7s Rugby World Cup.

Watch or listen to the podcast episode below!
https://usrugbyfoundation.org/with-you-rugby-podcast-gary-hein

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Become a member of The Clubhouse today!

The Clubhouse is an annual giving membership comprised of individuals who are taking a personal responsibility to grow grassroots rugby in America.

Join Now: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/clubhouse

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Coaches & Referees Spotlight

Jamie Frech | Crusaders Coaching Course Grant Recipient

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There are only 2 weeks left until the 15th Annual Scrumble Charity Golf Tournament! The Scrumble will take place at the Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Register: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/golf-tournament/

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This week on the With You! Rugby Podcast, the President of the United States Rugby Foundation, Brian Vizard, spoke with 2022 U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, Zack Test.

Test hails from the San Francisco area and is currently an assistant coach with the USA Women’s 7s team. He described himself as an active child being heavily involved in sports. Rugby was introduced to him at 8 years old while he was watching his father, Eric, play for the BATS but he didn’t actually play the game himself until the age of 13.

Watch or listen to the podcast episode below!

https://usrugbyfoundation.org/with-you-rugby-podcast-zack-test

08/05/2022

There are just 3 weeks left until the 15th Annual Scrumble Charity Golf Tournament! The Scrumble will take place at the Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Register: https://usrugbyfoundation.org/golf-tournament/

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