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About the USRF
What is the United
States Rugby Foundation?
men of vision - Ed Riseborough, Bob Lemire and the late Fritz Grunebaum
established the United States Rugby Foundation in Boston in 1963. They believed
that the 100-year-old sport of rugby could take root in the United States
through the creation of a foundation whose mission would be to grow and promote
the sport at the grass roots level. From its origins as the Bay State Rugby
Foundation, the Foundation grew under Fritz's guidance and the leadership of
Dick Poulson of the Washington Rugby Club and Joe Walsh of Boston and M.I.T.
Today, the Foundation continues to build on this bold vision through its
programs and activities. Rugby is now played by over 4,700 men's, women's,
masters, girls and boys clubs in the United States with the greatest growth
coming in the formation of new youth and high school rugby programs.
Foundation preceded USA Rugby (the governing body of the sport in the U.S.) by
some twelve years and was set up as a charitable Public Foundation with
chartered goals of promoting and popularizing the game of rugby in the United
States. While the Foundation is completely independent of USA Rugby, its
programs generally complement and support those of USA Rugby.
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.
The offices of the United States Rugby
Foundation are located at:
phone number is 619-233-0765.
404 Euclid Avenue, Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92114.