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Two of our Texas high school teams, St. Thomas in Houston and Jesuit Dallas, are no strangers to community service.  Service to others is deeply woven in each schools' philosophy and day to day teachings.    These boys have found a way to mesh their love of rugby and community together to serve the greater good.

St. Thomas

The annual Lady Hager Cup resumes when STH hosts Dallas Jesuit at Hotze Field inside Granger Stadium, the seventh year the program has helped raise dollars and create awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

The Lady Hager Cup is a tribute to Assistant Coach Brett Mills’ grandmother, Bernice Hager, who was stricken with the disease and passed away in 2007. Mills was traveling with the U.S. national team in London and heard of Newcastle United FC adopting pink jerseys to support the campaign against breast cancer.

Many Eagle players will purchase their jerseys from Friday night as a contribution to the ongoing fight. Other STH gear will be made available through the school’s Eagle Store. The sale of commemorative t-shirts and additional outside fundraising is projected to generate more than $2,000 from this year’s event.   

Since 2008 the Lady Hager cup has raised more than $70,000 through the consistent efforts of coaches, staff and supporters       credit:  St. Thomas High School Website

Jesuit College Prep-Dallas

Jesuit, who's Cancer Charity Match was held earlier this month on February 4th when they hosted The Plano Rugby Club, was the culmination of a 4-day guerrilla-fundraising and awareness campaign where the team raised over $6000 for the Micaela White Foundation, an organization that raises and donates money to help fund cancer research, education, awareness, and patient support for the cancers that affect children, adolescents and young adults and their families. 

To help encourage the campaign, Head Varsity Coach Anthony Mattacchione and Head JV Coach Matt Ortiz offered to let the two highest fundraisers partake in some barbershop action.  Senior Chris Madonna raised the highest amount of money and was given the task of shaving Mattacchione's head all of the way down while freshman Zee Hine, the first runner up, gave a very nervous Ortiz a well-needed shave.

On Friday at the St. Thomas match, Jesuit will flip the Canterbury reversible pink awareness jerseys worn in the Plano match inside out to reveal blue jerseys featuring blue ribbons in support of prostrate cancer awareness.   Like St. Thomas, these jerseys will be auctioned off as well to further support the Micaela White Foundation.


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