Donor Spotlight: Meet Charlie

I currently play with the San Francisco Fog, which is a member of USA Rugby as well as IGRAB (International Gay Rugby Association and Board). I was introduced to Rugby in 2006 when I first moved up to San Francisco. I had known a couple people who had played on the club team when I attended UC Santa Barbara, but I had never thought of playing because I had never played any sort of contact sport, and thought it was too rough (I grew up playing soccer). When I moved to San Francisco, a few friends told me about the Fog, and they managed to convince me to come out to practice. I’ve played off and on since then, but with the sense of community and family that the team fosters, I’ve always felt like I was part of the team. I’m very excited to attend my first Bingham Cup in August 2014 and compete with teams all around the world.

Why do you give?
My company has an annual charitable giving drive, and while going through the pages of organizations I could donate to, I was excited to see that an organization that is so near to me, and stretch the benefits even more with the aid of my company matching the funds that I contribute.

Why do you continue to donate to USA Rugby?
By donating to USA Rugby, I am contributing to helping people learn more about a sport that there are so many misconceptions about. I’ve had many friends say they’re not big or fast or strong enough to play rugby, or that it’s too rough, and once they watch a game or come to a practice, they fall in love with it. I had never thought of playing because I didn’t have experience with contact sports, but with the sense of community and family that rugby fosters, I’ve always felt like I was part of the team. By raising awareness on a national level, on all levels from the national team to local clubs to youth teams, I am helping ensure the success of my teams and teams like mine all around the country.

Why is it important to support rugby in the United States?
It is important to support rugby in the United States to help improve the visibility of this amazing sport. With 7’s about to make its Olympic debut, and rugby now being televised more and more in the US, it’s a great time to raise awareness and hopefully get more people to get involved in rugby.


About USA Rugby Trust
USA Rugby Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the game through USA Rugby’s youth, coach, and referee programs as well as through its National and Age Grade All American Teams. Visit us at usarugby.org/trust to learn more or to make a donation.