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Make a Difference in Rugby! Please Give to the U.S. Rugby Foundation!

October 18, 2019

For the past 55 years, the United States Rugby Foundation has remained dedicated to introducing the sport of rugby to thousands of young rugby players across the country, and more recently, honoring the history of the sport in America. Because of your ongoing support and generous donations to the U.S. Rugby Foundation, rugby continues to be America’s fastest growing sport.

But our work here isn’t done! Help us continue to make a difference in the sport with your tax-deductible donation today!With your support, the U.S. Rugby Foundation has made a big impact in the sport of rugby throughout the United States. If it weren’t for your generous donations, the USRF would not have been able to reach nearly as many young ruggers and accomplish so many notable developments.


- We created the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame in 2010 to honor those who’ve made significant contributions to rugby in the United States. To date, 66 individuals and three teams have been enshrined. Visit the U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame at

- We have provided over 14,000 rugby balls to over 1,300 youth and high school teams, schools or community programs.

- We have also provided over 6,000 balls to individual youth rugby players to have as their own through our A Ball 4 All program.

- We have provided 112 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships (with the 10 we’ll award this year), since the program’s creation in 2008.

- We will provide financial assistance in 2019 for two coaches, Timaris Montano and Kaitlyn Kelly, and a referee, Haylee Slaughter, to hone their skills in the U.K.

- We established The Prusmack Award Fund in 2019, honoring the nation’s top female and male collegiate sevens players. The first recipients of The Prusmack were Army’s Samantha Sullivan and Lindenwood University’s Cristian Rodriguez.

- We have issued High Performance Grants to 15 promising high school and collegiate players to attend the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand. Seven of those recipients have gone on to play for the U.S. 7s or 15s teams, including current Eagle, Cam Dolan.

- We established the Graham Downes Rugby Scholarship Program in 2014; sending talented young players to Durban, South Africa to take part in a four-week course at the Sharks Academy. To date, 10 promising players have received Graham Downes Rugby Scholarships, including the first recipient, Ben Pinkelman, who was a 2016 U.S. Olympian. Renamed the Graham Downes Development Fund in 2019, provided financial assistance for two promising young players, Isaac Tinoisamoa and Miles McCormick, to take part in rugby tours to Australia and New Zealand.

- We created the Dick Donelli College Scholarship Program in 2014. Last year’s recipient was Life University’s Autumn LoCicero.

- We established the Terry O’Reilly Memorial Scholarship Program. Last year’s recipient was Cal Maritime’s Jacob Jenkins.

- We have welcomed the Meg Votta Memorial Scholarship Program under the U.S. Rugby Foundation umbrella in 2019.

- We provided grants to several youth rugby organizations, including the Illinois Youth Rugby Association ($16,000), Rugby PA ($3,500), Memphis Inner City Rugby ($2,500), Play Rugby USA ($2,500), Chicago Hope Academy ($2,500) and Houston Youth Rugby Association ($2,500).

- We raised over $25,000 for the U.S. Men’s Collegiate All-American team for their past tours to South Africa, New Zealand and Canada.

- We provided $2,500 to the U.S. Women’s National Team for their trip to the 2010 Rugby World Cup.

- We helped raise over $20,000 for the rugby community affected by Hurricane Katrina.

- We provided $25,000 for the 2005 and 2006 Online High School Injury Studies.Your contribution, whatever the amount, will make a difference in the sport.

Thank you for your support.

With You,

Brian Vizard


U.S. Rugby Foundation

If you prefer to mail in your donation, please make check payable to the USRF and send to:

U.S. Rugby Foundation

404 Euclid Avenue, Suite 302

San Diego, CA 92114