The ELITE Rugby Foundation provides scholarships to underprivileged youth players to attend ELITE Camps throughout the country.
Rugby is currently the fastest growing youth sport in America and will be included in the 2016 Olympic Games. Rugby's principles mesh perfectly with the American disposition: individual talent in a team context, fair play, and respect in an aggressive, dynamic and tough environment. Additionally, rugby requires no padding, making it a low cost alternative in a time where youth and high school sports are being cut due to expenses.
What is an ELITE Camp?
ELITE Rugby Camps are four day, three night camps held at universities across America. Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 are mentored and coached by their role models; players on the USA Rugby Team. Campers receive the highest level of rugby instruction, but more importantly are educated on how to reach their goals on and off the field.
Why Donate to ELITE?
Your donations directly provide scholarships for players to attend ELITE camps who would otherwise not be able to afford the opportunity. ELITE's goal is to provide scholarships to 20% of our campers. We expect to have 500 campers at six camps in 2013. To achieve this goal we will need to raise $59,000.
Additionally, ELITE employs coaches who are members of the USA Rugby 15s and 7s teams. The only source of income for these players are small playing stipends. By providing consistent employment for USA players, ELITE enables them to concentrate on rugby and chase their Olympic dream.
Lastly, to keep ELITE camps financially solvent we need to attract new players. ELITE is in desperate need of a new website, an online registration system, advertising materials and the services of a marketing firm. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to fund these crucial areas of need as soon as possible.