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 12 Year Old Sam Masterson's 
Drop Kick Challenge Voted Best Video Entry

Sam's blindfolded drop kick entry
received a whopping 117,000 votes.

San Diego, CA (December 19, 2014) - Through its partnership with TrainerDoc, the makers of the Perfect Kick Trainer, the U.S. Rugby Foundation recently conducted its first ever Drop Kick Challenge, asking teams to submit videos of their players attempting 10 drop goals in a minute's time. And you, the rugby public, voted for the video entry that you thought was the best.

And the winning entry was of 12 year old Sam Masterson from the Heartland Youth Rugby program in Kansas City, MO, who garnered over 117,000 votes. We asked participants to think outside the box and that's what Sam did as he finished off his series of kicks with a blindfolded effort that swayed the rugby public.

For being the top vote getter, Sam's club will receive 20 U.S. Rugby Foundation A Ball 4 All balls and two Perfect Kick Trainers and Kick Trainer balls. In addition, Sam will receive a U.S.A. Rugby jersey autographed by many of today's USA 7s stars who live and train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

The U.S. Rugby Foundation would like to thank and congratulate those youth and high school rugby players that took part in the first ever Drop Kick Challenge, knowing that their drop goal attempts would be viewed by those in the rugby public. Each of their rugby programs will also receive two Perfect Kick Trainers and balls.

The participants in the first ever USRF Drop Kick Challenge were:

Jack Kiernan 17, Raleigh Rattle Snakes RFC, North Carolina
Tom Kiernan 17, Raleigh Rattle Snakes RFC, North Carolina
Ben Kiernan, 14, Raleigh Rattle Snakes RFC, North Carolina
Hayden King, 16, Saint Thomas Aquinas Rugby Club, Kansas
Chris Shiner, 18, Linn Benton HS Rugby, Rugby Oregon
Sam Masterson, 12, Heartland Youth Rugby, Kansas City, MO
Nigel Garcia, 15, Peoria Area Renegades, Peoria, IL
Lui Sitma 18, Budd Bay Barbarians Olympia, WA
Kylie Corless,14, Blackthorn Youth Rugby Club, Wycombe, PA
Jack Nourse, 8, Eastside Lions U9, Washington 
Luke Pelton, 9, Eastside Lions U9, Washington
Sophia Betts, 15, Linn Benton HS Girls, Rugby Oregon
Michael " Chicken" Dabulas, 17, Union Mudturtles, NJ
Fontaine McCullough, 11, Linn Benton Youth Rugby, Rugby Oregon
Josh Shiner, 16, Linn Benton Rugby, Rugby Oregon

Congratulations and a job well done once again to all those who took part and thank you to those who voted. The Drop Kick Challenge will be the first of what we hope will be many skills challenges created by the United States Rugby Foundation.

TrainerDoc - The Perfect Kick Trainer

The TrainerDoc Perfect Kick Trainer was created to teach players how to kick a ball properly. Designed by a doctor, who also happens to be a rugby player, the patent pending Perfect Kick Trainer allows the user to get thousands of kicks in a short amount of time, without chasing balls.

Scientific studies show repetition is the key to improving athletic performance. The Perfect Kick Trainer will help the user develop multiple rugby skills like punting, passing, drop kicks, grubbers, up and unders, and more... with both feet. Best of all, you can practice rugby in the comfort of your own home.

The durable Perfect Kick Trainer is easy to use, one size for all ages and the net fits all ball sizes. It's perfect! Get the advantage and order your Perfect Kick Trainer now and a portion of the proceeds will help support the U.S. Rugby Foundation.

Have fun and kick a drop goal today!