United States Rugby Foundation Announce Latest Ball, Coaching and Referee Grant Recipients
San Diego, CA (April 12, 2006) –The United States Rugby Foundation has announced its latest ball, coaching and refereeing grant recipients. Twenty-five youth and high school programs have been awarded ball grants while nine coaches and one referee who have completed USA Rugby sanctioned courses have been issued grants. 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 is pleased to be able to provide continued support to youth and high school clubs and programs through the issuance of rugby balls,” said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. “One of our goals is to see that as many kids as possible get introduced to the sport. We also know there are some expenses, like rugby balls, that some clubs just can’t afford.”The recent ball grant recipients include:Bailey’s Tigers ASEBoston Recreation DepartmentEast Palo Alto U19 Razorbacks RFCEscamilla Intermediate SchoolFairfax Police Youth Rugby ClubFond du Lac Recreational DepartmentHoke Hurricanes Youth RFCJamesville-DeWitt Middle SchoolLeviathan Rugby ClubLime Kiln Elementary SchoolLincoln Park AcademyLynnwood Breakers Girls RugbyMatthews Rugby ClubMcKinley SchoolNew Trier RFCNewport County RugbyPublic School 108Sequoyah High School RFCSouth Orange County U19sSt. Charles High School Rugby ClubSt. Paul’s Rugby Football ClubUpper Cumberland Celts RFCWarwick Swarm (HS Boys & Girls)Washington DC Summer Sports CampsWesterville Worms High School (Boys & Girls)The USRF has awarded grants to the following coaches and referee:Ryan Koseski – Level I Coaching Accreditation ProgramMark Milhiser – Level I Coaching Accreditation ProgramJason Buchanon – Level I Coaching Accreditation ProgramFrank Dunlap III – Level I Coaching Accreditation ProgramCharles Moore – Level I Coaching Accreditation ProgramRic Kempton – Level I Coaching Accreditation ProgramJason Maloni – Level I Coaching Accreditation ProgramTony Broom – Introducing Rugby Accreditation ProgramBruno Artero – USA Rugby Collegiate ConferenceWilliam Cooney – Level I Refereeing Accreditation ProgramThe 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.