You can directly make a lasting impact on a young rugby player’s life by making a tax deductible donation to the ELITE Rugby Foundation. Your donation will help create young ambassadors for the growing sport of rugby.
The ELITE Rugby Foundation provides scholarships to underprivileged children to attend ELITE Rugby camps throughout the county. In 2013, ELITE aims to provide scholarships to over 100 players. These scholarships will not be possible without your support.
Young players who attend an ELITE Camp get the opportunity to work directly with their role models: members of the USA Rugby Team. During week-long camps at prestigious Universities, ELITE asks young players to be role models on and off the field. By maintaining their GPA, volunteering, and being a positive influence in their schools, players can create a reputable name for rugby and ultimately grow the sport.
One parent recently spoke about ELITE, "My son is not a very vocal person, but since returning from an ELITE camp, he has not stopped talking about rugby and his passion to be a role model for other kids at his school. He wants others to play rugby as well."
Your tax-deductible donation will directly help ELITE create more young role models in the rugby community. “During December many people and corporations donate to their favorite charities. We hope that the rugby community shares ELITE’s vision of creating a youth rugby culture built on character and decides to donate towards our cause”, stated ELITE Director Ethan Willis.
To securely donate you can visit the secure ELITE Rugby Foundation page on Razoo, donate directly through the ELITE Rugby USA webpage, or send a check by mail. If your corporation matches your donations you can use the ELITE Rugby Foundation EIN: 45-2488208.
All donors will receive a receipt for tax records.
SEATTLE – Serevi Rugby™ and the College Recruitment Combine Program (CRCP) today officially announced an agreement to offer programming together in select geographies. Serevi Rugby™ will run three-hour clinics on the back end of CRCP’s Rugby Recruitment Combine.
With rugby growing rapidly in the U.S., this partnership will offer young players access to both skill development and college coaches.
Said Serevi Rugby™ co-founder Waisale Serevi, “As America begins to identify & develop tomorrow’s Olympians, this partnership provides a great opportunity for players to begin or accelerate their journeys. The combination of combine testing, college recruitment and skill clinics provides a true avenue for players to begin to live out their rugby dreams”
“Our 2013 slate is looking great. We’re thrilled to incorporate programming from Serevi Rugby in many locations. It sets our program apart,” said CRCP Director Ray Peterson. “We can truly say we are the best rugby recruiting program in the USA. College coaches get to see players. Kids and their parents get to ask critical questions of coaches and then hit the pitch to build skills. What more could a player ask for?”
Serevi Rugby and CRCP will partner at select locations, beginning in Boston, Mass. on Sunday January 13, 2013 and Las Vegas, Nevada on February 5th & 6th.
The Allied Rugby Conference, in conjunction with World Rugby Shop, is happy to announce that former USA Eagles 7s coach Al Caravelli will lead an ARC 7s coaching camp Sept. 22 & 23 on the beautiful campus of Sam Houston State University.
Executive Co-Director Johnny Smith states this is all part of the ARC mission; “Coach Development is key to improving our standard of play in the region. Having someone such as Coach Caravelli can only serve to help us meet that goal.” He continued, “With most of our member clubs venturing into a 7s competition for the 1st time, this camp will springboard their programs forward.”
Conference Commissioner Kenneth Forehand feels this type of event is what the ARC is all about. “The ARC camp is important in that it shows our commitment to elevating the level of 7s, and rugby in general, in our area. Having Coach Caravelli allows us to have access to international level coaching locally and lets players and coaches be in contact with someone who has coached at the top level. It is invaluable.”
The camp will cover 2 days with Saturday open for registration to the general public and Sunday reserved for ARC member clubs. The Saturday portion of the camp will be 40% classroom theory, tactics, practice/game/season planning strategies; 60% on field sessions using player groups from the ARC for demonstration purposes.
Executive Co-Director Craig Coates explains the split: “There was little discussion amongst the Conference Advisory Board as to whether or not we should open the camp. Our goal is to raise the standard of rugby throughout the region, not just in the ARC, so with that thought in mind it was determined that non-ARC members should have access to the camp.”
There will be a $75 early registration fee for non-ARC members but that gets you a full day with Coach Caravelli, lunch and a goody bag sponsored by World Rugby Shop. Coates feels that is a pretty good bang for your buck.
“The caliber of expertise Coach Caravelli possesses is not in Texas every day, so that alone should be worth the price of admission.”
“I am thrilled that the Allied Rugby Conference, comprised of such quality institutions and the founding members of Baylor University, Oklahoma University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas have the foresight to aggressively pursue raising the quality of rugby in their respective teams and the communities, cities and the state of Texas that they serve,” said Caravelli. “I’m honored that they have asked me to be on hand to assist them in their coaching clinic on the 22nd and 23rd of September. We are all excited and very much looking forward to a successful event.”
If you are interested in attending the camp, you may register at http://www.t5andahalf.com/Allied_Rugby_Conference.html. If you have questions regarding the camp, please email Johnny Smith at
The camp details are as follows:
ARC 7s Coaching Camp with Al Caravelli Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas Sept. 22nd & 23rd (23rd for ARC members only) To develop 7s coaches throughout the region
Early Registration expires 9/7/12 $75.00 Regular Registration 9/8/12 – 9/19/2012 $100.00 Late Registration 9/20/12 – 9/22/2012 $150.00
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA- Celebrating its 11th year, the East Stroudsburg Player Development Camp, which ran from July 10-12, added a 7s component this year.
Both the 7s camp and the traditional 15s camp drew campers of varied experience levels from several areas of the U.S., as well as Hawaii, Indonesia, and Colombia. The camp boasted three capped Eagles as instructors and five National Championship coaches at the college, club & all star levels, as well as:full insight into becoming a complete rugby athlete (including nutrition, strength & conditioning, and speed & agility, along with basic and advanced playing & positional skills) and a comprehensive player profile evaluation for each camper from his/her instructor.
The camp’s official sponsor, Rugby Imports, along with founder Bob Hoder, generously provided camper jerseys, t-shirts, and instructor kits. Through this sponsorship, they remain committed to the development of youth and high school rugby.
The diverse ruggers were instructed by the highly trained staff including Scott Stratton, Jen Bustamante, Chris Castner, Kevin Castner, Molly Dengler, Natalie Monroig, Omar Rivera, Richard Ashfield, Lance Connelly, Mel Denham, Phaidra Knight, Anthony Purpura, Dan Sonan, Bob Weir, and Chris Wells on basic and unit skills and position specific-play.
2013 Camp Dates are tentatively set for July 9-14, 2013. More information can be found at the new camp website: www.rugbydevelopmentcamp.com.
ELITE Rugby USA successfully completed another summer of camps while leaving a lasting impact on the boys who attended, “Our son had such an amazing experience. The level of professionalism and emphasis on coaching and education was so refreshing. There is no doubt that ELITE had an extremely positive influence on our son”, stated a past campers parent.
ELITE’s staff of current and past Eagles including Colin Hawley, Chris Biller and Matt Sherman delivered modern rugby instruction on the field and messages of how to best represent rugby off the field. A typical day of instruction included three action packed training sessions, an educational speech from Karen Fong about preparing for college, concluded by a motivational speech from Chris Biller about accountability. (video below)
Over 275 campers attended ELITE in numerous locations this summer and ELITE plans to continue to grow. ELITE Director Ethan Willis told us, “We recently received our official non-profit status. This status allows us to receive charitable tax-deductible donations from individuals and private companies. Ultimately, we hope to be able to provide more scholarships to our camps, that will allow more players to get exposure to top flight coaching and facilities”.
"I have really enjoyed working with these kids," added Hawley. "The interesting thing about coaching is that you're working with kids of all skill levels. So it's good for me as a player to work with these kids and help them develop their skills, whatever their level is. It certainly helps with your self-critique, as well."
The future is certainly bright for ELITE with camps on the horizon next summer in new locations and the addition of a women’s camp as well.
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