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United States Rugby Foundation Announce
Latest Ball and Start-Up Kit Grant Recipients

San Diego, CA (March 8, 2006) -The United States Rugby Foundation has announced its latest ball and high school start-up kit grant recipients. Twenty-two youth and high school programs have been awarded ball grants while five programs will soon receive start-up kits. Over the years, the USRF has provided balls and start-up kits 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.

"We have been inundated with grant requests since we established our website and began promoting our programs through our monthly newsletters," said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. "Our successful Annual Campaign has made it possible for us to assist these youth and high school programs. It is rewarding to be able to help these programs and introduce the sport to the youth of America."

The recent ball grant recipients include:
Algood School
Avery Trace Middle School
Battle Creek Youth Rugby Club
Broomfield Heights Middle School
Burks Middle School
Cookeville High School
Cornerstone Middle School
Creekside Middle School
Dry Valley Alternative School
Greater Tulsa Area Rugby Association/YMCA Youth Rugby Clinic
Indianapolis Parks Summer Touch League
Maryville RFC U19 & Middle School
Minneapolis Northside Stars
Monterey High School
North County Youth Rugby Flying Penguins
Prescott Central Middle School
Rio Linda High School RFC
Santa Monica Youth Rugby
Tigers RFC (Holy Family & Broomfield HS)
Upperman High School
View Park High School & Middle School
Washington DC Youth Rugby

The USRF has awarded Start-Up Kit grants to the following rugby programs:
Middleton High School RFC
North Side Vikings YRFC
Winchester/Frederick County Youth Rugby
Little Chute Black Knights Youth Rugby
Saint Joseph's Catholic School RFC

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.