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United States Rugby Foundation
Raises $900 From World Cup Ball Auction

San Diego, CA (May 3, 2005) -The United States Rugby Foundation has raised $900 from its auction of a ball signed by Rugby World Cup Sevens champions, Fiji. The successful auction, which took place on eBay from April 14-24, is the first of many proposed auctions of rugby memorabilia by the USRF.

"We are always looking at different ways to raise funds to support our programs," said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. "We were pleased with our first auction effort. There were 24 bids over the 10 days and more than 300 people visited the page. We will continue to explore additional revenue streams in our efforts to support youth and high school rugby."

The money raised through the auction has been targeted for High School Start-Up kits, one of many ways in which the USRF is supporting rugby in the country.

"The ball is a nice rugby memento to have. But the main reason for my bidding is to help support youth rugby," said bid winner Dick Stevens. "I've been heartened by reading about recent exploits of our U-19 team and also by the increased coverage of the growing number of youth programs all over the country. I didn't learn of the game until I was 20, didn't play until I was 25 and didn't learn how to play until I was 28. My love for the game remains to this day, 15 years later. I'm glad younger men in the US will have a better chance to learn of the hooligans' game played by gentlemen much earlier than I did."

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.

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