San Diego, CA (November 17, 2006) –The United States Rugby Foundation has announced its latest High School Start-Up Kit, Coaching and Refereeing, and Ball Grant recipients. Over the years, the USRF has provided grants to numerous clubs, programs and individuals.“As more and more youth and high school programs sprout up throughout the country the requests for start-ups and balls also increases,” said USRF Executive Director, Brian Vizard. “The Foundation is happy to assist in the growth of the game here. We are also pleased to help those coaches and referees who are looking to raise their levels on the pitch.”The recent High School Start-Up Kit Grant recipients include:Benton County Blues, Rogers, ARBishop Ward High School, Kansas City, KSCarlisle Thunder Rugby, Carlisle, PACheshire Rugby Club, Cheshire, CTCity Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park, Buffalo, NYEleanor Roosevelt High School Boys & Girls Rugby Clubs, Greenbelt, MDFrederick Youth Rugby Football Club, Middletown, MDLancer Rugby Club, Rancho Cordova, CAMarysville High School Rugby Club, Marysville, OHNortheast Nomads High School RFC, Ft. Lauderdale, FLNorthern Kentucky Gentlemen High School RFC, Villa Hills, KYPapillion La Vista United, Papillion, NERio Linda High School, Rio Linda, CASan Luis Obispo Youth Rugby, San Luis Obispo, CATaravella High School Rugby Club, Coral Springs, FLWaukesha Krusaders Girls Rugby Club, Waukesha, WIWinter Park Warriors, Orlando, FLZionsville High School Boys RFC, Zionsville, INThe recent Ball Grant recipients include:Alameda Youth Rugby, Alameda, CAArizona Youth Rugby Federation, Scottsdale, AZBrighton Rugby Football Club, Covington, TNCC Griffin Middle School, Midland, NCCesar E. Chavez Middle School, Planada, CAElizabeth High School, Elizabeth Lake, NJGermantown U19 RFC, Memphis, TNKnowledge Quest Academy, Milliken, COMadison County Youth Rugby, Madison, MSNorth Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NCView Park Prep, Santa Monica, CAThe recent Coaching and Refereeing Grant recipients include:Emerson Smith – Level One Referee and Developing Rugby SkillsRuppert Baird – Level One RefereeJeff Coffman – Introducing RugbyBart Nielsen – Introducing RugbyDana Manning-Salviuolo – Level One RefereeJoseph Capp – Introducing RugbyPete Smolin – 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.