San Diego, CA (January 17, 2007) – The United States Rugby Foundation has announced its latest ball 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 Ball Grant program continues to be a source of help for many youth and high school programs across the country,” said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. “It’s great to see that the program is not only benefitting existing rugby programs but clubs just getting started and other rugby programs started like those at the Hempfield Knightmare Boys & Girls Rugby Club. The Foundation is pleased that we have a hand in introducing the sport to thousands of children.”The recent ball grant recipients include:Berry All Cardinals Rugby Club, Charlotte, NCChamplain Valley Union High School, Shelburne, VTChannel Islands Youth Rugby, Camarillo, CAGreen Bay Mavericks Youth RFC, Green Bay, WIHempfield Knightmare Boys & Girls Rugby Club, Lancaster, PAHillsborough High School Rugby Club, Hillsborough, NJKenmore Middle School RFC, Buffalo, NYLearn Rugby Minnesota, Edina, MNMedfield High School, Medfield, MAOmaha United U19 RFC, Omaha, NEPhillip O. Berry Academy of Technology High School, Belmont, NCPHRFA U14 Community Rugby League, Cheswick, PARuckin’ Ducks Rugby, Lansdale, PASouth Bend Clay High School Boys RFC, South Bend, INSpartan Rugby Club/White Station High School, Memphis, TNSt. Louis Sirens Girls RFC, St. Louis, MOThe 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.