United States Rugby Foundation Announce Latest Ball, Coaching and Referee Grant Recipients

San Diego, CA (April 12, 2006) –The United States Rugby Foundation has announced its latest ball, coaching and refereeing grant recipients. Twenty-five youth and high school programs have been awarded ball grants while nine coaches and one referee who have completed USA Rugby sanctioned courses have been issued grants. 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 is pleased to be able to provide continued support to youth and high school clubs and programs through the issuance of rugby balls,” said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. “One of our goals is to see that as many kids as possible get introduced to the sport. We also know there are some expenses, like rugby balls, that some clubs just can’t afford.”

The recent ball grant recipients include:
Bailey’s Tigers ASE
Boston Recreation Department
East Palo Alto U19 Razorbacks RFC
Escamilla Intermediate School
Fairfax Police Youth Rugby Club
Fond du Lac Recreational Department
Hoke Hurricanes Youth RFC
Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School
Leviathan Rugby Club
Lime Kiln Elementary School
Lincoln Park Academy
Lynnwood Breakers Girls Rugby
Matthews Rugby Club
McKinley School
New Trier RFC
Newport County Rugby
Public School 108
Sequoyah High School RFC
South Orange County U19s
St. Charles High School Rugby Club
St. Paul’s Rugby Football Club
Upper Cumberland Celts RFC
Warwick Swarm (HS Boys & Girls)
Washington DC Summer Sports Camps
Westerville Worms High School (Boys & Girls)

The USRF has awarded grants to the following coaches and referee:
Ryan Koseski – Level I Coaching Accreditation Program
Mark Milhiser – Level I Coaching Accreditation Program
Jason Buchanon – Level I Coaching Accreditation Program
Frank Dunlap III – Level I Coaching Accreditation Program
Charles Moore – Level I Coaching Accreditation Program
Ric Kempton – Level I Coaching Accreditation Program
Jason Maloni – Level I Coaching Accreditation Program
Tony Broom – Introducing Rugby Accreditation Program
Bruno Artero – USA Rugby Collegiate Conference
William Cooney – Level I Refereeing Accreditation Program

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.