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The United States Rugby Foundation has reorganized as a Delaware not-for-profit corporation. Donations and contributions made to the Foundation by individuals or organizations are exempt from U.S. Federal and State Tax in accordance with the Foundation’s status as a 501(c)3 organization. Please note our new EIN is 81-5187776. Foundation assets earmarked for giving are dispersed in the form of grants to individuals and organizations that have demonstrable needs or requests that meet the guidelines established by the USRF.

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Pathways to Excellence

We provide opportunities for promising players to improve their skills through scholarships, awards, and Pathways Grants for domestic and international player development.

The Graham Downes Development Grants and Pathways to Excellence High Performance Grants provide promising players the opportunity to grow as players, on and off the pitch, at domestic and international rugby academies.

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Meet a Pathways Recipient

With generous support from the Graham Downes Development Fund and the Pathways to Excellence Fund (both under the US Rugby Foundation umbrella), U.S. U18s player Damian Morley spent over three months playing rugby at the world-renowned Stellenbosch Academy of Sport in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Pathways to Excellence Grant Recipients

Damian Morley
2021
Nafi Maafu
2017
Ross Silverman
2010
Don Pati
2009
Kevin Swiryn, Cam Dolan, Hanno Dirksen, & Kevin Kimble
2008
Hamish Roberts & Shawn Pittman
2007
Scott LaValla & Taylor Mokate
2006
Conrad Bontrager & Saia Vainuku
2005

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Graham Downes Development Fund Grant Recipients

Damian Morley
2021
Tohi Angilau
2019
Julian Arteaga
2018
Ian Slack & Jackson Baere
2017
Chuck Wallace & Patrick French
2016
Hanco Germishuys & Brian Nault
2015
Ben Pinkelman
2014
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