Foundation Focus: Don Morrison Referee Fund

Foundation Focus: Don Morrison Referee Fund

Rugby could not survive without the passion and commitment of young referees. It is crucial to the safety, efficiency, and development of the game to improve the skills and knowledge of officials. This year, it is our goal to send two talented referees abroad for an entire season so they can learn from and work with renowned international referees. So far we’ve raised over $17,000. In order to reach our goal, we still need to raise $2,400. Rugby can only continue to grow in the United States if we meet the growing need for referees. Help develop the game and honor a rugby legend by donating to the Don Morrison Referee Fund today. Will you join us in supporting this program?

Don Morrison’s prestigious refereeing career began one cold day in 1967 when he ran across a rugby practice at MIT. He calls himself “the Accidental Referee;” despite never playing a minute of rugby in his life, Morrison became one of the most highly respected rugby referees in the United States. Through his experiences officiating in England and New Zealand, he was able to immerse himself in rugby culture and sharpen his knowledge of the game.

In order to honor his numerous contributions to rugby, the Don Morrison Referee Fund was created to support young officials who have committed themselves to the game. The donations made toward this fund are used to form an international exchange opportunity for talented junior referees. This program gives them the opportunity to be trained by the best officials from around the world and become immersed in rugby culture abroad. When the fund recipients return to the United States, they will be able to share what they have learned from their trip with other young referees. This will help to spark interest in officiating in young adults, which will in turn grow the game. You can make a difference in the life of a young referee by donating to this fund today!

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