United States Rugby Foundation
Raises $760 from Dean Richards Jersey Auction
San Diego, CA (July 5, 2005) - The United States Rugby Foundation has raised $760 from its auction of a 1987 Rugby World Cup jersey worn by England great Dean Richards. The successful auction, which took place on eBay from June 13-23, was the first of many proposed jersey auctions by the USRF.
"We are pleased with the efforts of the first jersey auction," said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard, who is donating 10 of the test match jerseys he's acquired during his 22-test match career with the United States National Team. "The jerseys are great memories of my playing days but they have far more value now in supporting youth rugby in the US."
Every cent raised from the jersey auctions has been targeted for ball grants or High School Start-Up kits, just two of the many ways in which the USRF is supporting rugby in the country.
"As a young lad, growing up in Cheshire, I dreamed of wearing the red rose of England," said winning bid maker Terry O'Reilly. "However, it was not to be. A cabal of coaches who insisted on fitness and ability put paid to my dream. Now I get to wear the red rose and also help rugby grow in the States in the process."
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 United States Rugby Foundation, visit www.usrugbyfoundation.org.