United States Rugby Foundation Announce Latest Ball and Refereeing and CoachingGrant Recipients

San Diego, CA (March 13, 2007) – The United States Rugby Foundation has announced its latest grant recipients. Over the years, the USRF has provided balls to hundreds of youth and high school programs, helping introduce rugby to thousands of children. The latest recipients include a mix of boys and girls programs, youth and high school, and club and physical education programs. The Foundation has also provided nearly $35,000 in grants to coaches and referees who continue to explore avenues on how to improve their performances.

“The Foundation is happy to continue to provide rugby balls to existing and new rugby clubs around the country,” said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. “It’s also wonderful to see more schools introducing rugby in their physical education regimens. The Foundation is pleased that we have a hand in introducing the sport to thousands of children as well as continuing to support coaches and referees.”

The recent ball grant recipients include:
Antelope Crossing Middle School, Antelope, CA
Bell Mountain Athletics, Menifee, CA
Cambridge Rindge & Latin High, Cambridge, MA
Campbell High School Girls Rugby Club, Austell, GA
Carmel Middle School, Charlotte, NC
Channel Islands Youth Rugby, Camarillo, CA
Darien High School RFC, Darien, CT
East Side Nomads RFC, Cincinnati, OH
Hacienda Heights Phantoms, Hacienda Heights, CA
Hersey Huskie Rugby Club, Mount Prospect, IL
Manu O Maui Rugby, Maui, HI
Michigan City No-Touch Rugby, Michigan City, IN
Natomas High School Physical Education, Sacramento, CA
Oakland Military Institute College Prep, Oakland, CA
Orting High School, Orting, WA
Pacific Beach Middle School Physical Education, San Diego, CA
PHRFA U19 High School Rugby League, Cheswick, PA
Redford High School Boys Rugby, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Rogers Rugby Football Club, Saint Michael, MN
Schlagle High School, Shawnee, KS
Shelbyville High School Rugby, Louisville, KY
South Burlington U19 Boys & Girls, Burlington, VT
Stillwater High School, Stillwater, OK
Sylvania Cats Rugby, Toledo, OH
Wayne Police Athletic League, Wayne, NJ
Woodridge Elementary, Sacramento, CA

The recent Coaching and Refereeing Grant recipients include:
Christopher Barousse, Level One Referee
Joe Bullis, Developing Rugby Skills
Peter Evans, Developing Rugby Skills
Robert Forster, Introducing Rugby & Developing Rugby Skills
Sydney Gibbons, Introducing Rugby
Steve Krause, Introducing Rugby
Andrew Ramsey, Introducing Rugby
Joseph Sanchez, Developing Rugby Skills
Ray Steel, Developing Rugby Skills
Dan Stramanak, Developing Rugby Skills
Kelly York, Developing Rugby Skills

The USRF is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization established in 1963. Although its main focus is supporting youth and high school rugby, the Foundation also provides grants to coaches and referees; establishes international student exchanges and college scholarships, has assisted the United States Collegiate All-Americans and Boys Under-19 teams, and also provides grants to Safety and Risk Management Research.

For more information about the Foundation, go to its website at: www.usrugbyfoundation.org.