As Thanksgiving nears, we hope all of our hard-working volunteers who are so passionate about youth and high school rugby in Texas will have time to both reflect of their efforts this past year, while spending quality time with their families.
The six new HS teams from last season are now looking forward to their second campaigns, even as we continue to add several new HS teams for 2014. North Texas is adding a regional competition to complement our state leagues. Youth and girls’ rugby is expanding in both programs and numbers, with a new Junior High league in the offing for the Houston area. The Houston ISD Rookie Rugby initiative has been introduced at district-wide teacher conferences, and 48 schools (so far) have hosted RR trainers on campus for one and two day sessions to make sure the program is fully integrated into the curriculum; 85 schools will benefit from this direct coaching before Spring. Rugby Texas officials and volunteers will be at the Texas PE teachers’ convention in Dallas in December to push this HISD template state-wide.
As you begin your year-end financial planning to avoid sending all your hard-earned cash to Uncle Sam, please consider a tax deductible donation to Rugby Texas. The Board of Directors has identified five priority programs to facilitate even more growth, and will launch each one as funding is secured. You may earmark donations to the program of your choice, or simply make an unrestricted donation. Any amount is appreciated, and sponsorship/naming opportunities are available for significant investments. Contact the Executive Director for more information.