San Diego, CA (March 13, 2007) – The United States Rugby Foundation has announced its latest grant recipients. Over the years, the USRF has provided balls to hundreds of youth and high school programs, helping introduce rugby to thousands of children. The latest recipients include a mix of boys and girls programs, youth and high school, and club and physical education programs. The Foundation has also provided nearly $35,000 in grants to coaches and referees who continue to explore avenues on how to improve their performances.“The Foundation is happy to continue to provide rugby balls to existing and new rugby clubs around the country,” said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. “It’s also wonderful to see more schools introducing rugby in their physical education regimens. The Foundation is pleased that we have a hand in introducing the sport to thousands of children as well as continuing to support coaches and referees.”The recent ball grant recipients include:Antelope Crossing Middle School, Antelope, CABell Mountain Athletics, Menifee, CACambridge Rindge & Latin High, Cambridge, MACampbell High School Girls Rugby Club, Austell, GACarmel Middle School, Charlotte, NCChannel Islands Youth Rugby, Camarillo, CADarien High School RFC, Darien, CTEast Side Nomads RFC, Cincinnati, OHHacienda Heights Phantoms, Hacienda Heights, CAHersey Huskie Rugby Club, Mount Prospect, ILManu O Maui Rugby, Maui, HIMichigan City No-Touch Rugby, Michigan City, INNatomas High School Physical Education, Sacramento, CAOakland Military Institute College Prep, Oakland, CAOrting High School, Orting, WAPacific Beach Middle School Physical Education, San Diego, CAPHRFA U19 High School Rugby League, Cheswick, PARedford High School Boys Rugby, Grosse Pointe Farms, MIRogers Rugby Football Club, Saint Michael, MNSchlagle High School, Shawnee, KSShelbyville High School Rugby, Louisville, KYSouth Burlington U19 Boys & Girls, Burlington, VTStillwater High School, Stillwater, OKSylvania Cats Rugby, Toledo, OHWayne Police Athletic League, Wayne, NJWoodridge Elementary, Sacramento, CAThe recent Coaching and Refereeing Grant recipients include:Christopher Barousse, Level One RefereeJoe Bullis, Developing Rugby SkillsPeter Evans, Developing Rugby SkillsRobert Forster, Introducing Rugby & Developing Rugby SkillsSydney Gibbons, Introducing RugbySteve Krause, Introducing RugbyAndrew Ramsey, Introducing RugbyJoseph Sanchez, Developing Rugby SkillsRay Steel, Developing Rugby SkillsDan Stramanak, Developing Rugby SkillsKelly York, Developing Rugby SkillsThe 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 Foundation, go to its website at: www.usrugbyfoundation.org.