San Diego, CA (November 22, 2005) – Nine youth and high school programs are the latest to be awarded United States Rugby Foundation Ball 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 Ball Grant initiative has been one of our long standing programs and one of our most popular,” said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. “We are receiving more ball requests than we ever have and as the number of youth and high school programs continue to increase across the country, we expect even more requests in the future. The Foundation will continue to too look for ways to fulfill all of the deserving requests we receive.”The recent recipients include:Cumberland Valley High Schools Girls RugbyBrevard Youth Rugby ClubYork Jewish Community Center Youth RugbyNorthlake Elementary Physical EducationInternational School of Tucson Physical EducationBudd Bay Youth RugbyTreasure Valley Cub Scout Day CampWinter Park High SchoolMurfreesboro High School Women’s RugbyThe 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 United States Rugby Foundation, visit www.usrugbyfoundation.org.