Penn State Booster Club Launches "Level the Playing Field" Campaign

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Penn State Rugby Booster Club has launched a Level the Playing Field campaign. The goal is to raise enough money so the men and women can compete more effectively against well-funded programs.

Every year the Booster Club has a financial commitment of providing $58,000 to the University to help cover costs of the Program. Last year our fundraising for that number alone fell about $25,000 short. Poor fundraising requires us to utilize funds from savings and limits our ability to provide for the coaches’ requests such as equipment, specialty coaches, travel costs, and other needs of the teams.

The coaches have identified the needs for this year (see below) and it will require us to raise $210,000 to cover all of our expenses. We have received tremendous support from our Parents and Alumni in the past but right now we need more support to achieve this year’s goal. Please head to www.psurugby.org to sign up to donate, and thank you for your continued support!

 

Level the Playing Field

Program Operations

The Booster Club currently funds the majority of the Director of Operations position. The Booster Club will cover costs for uniforms, medical support, and equipment that will enhance the player's experience and their performance while eliminating the pay-to-play model.

Recruiting

Penn State offers the best combination of academics and high-level rugby. However, many of their competitors now offer scholarships. Funding recruiting efforts will help coaches meet top players face-to-face, build relationships with high school coaches, and expand our coaching network globally.

Player Development

Item 2019-20 2020-21
Recruiting $20,000 $30,000
Coaching Support $80,000 $80,000
Academic Support  $15,000  $25,000 
Nutrition  $10,000  $15,000 
Operations Manager  $55,000  $55,000 
Equipment  $2,000  $2,000 
Uniforms  $20,000  $10,000 
Medical Support  $8,000  $8,000 
Dues Reduction    $20,000 

Each competitive team has a full-time coaching staff that allows their players to get more intensive individual feedback. We need more coaches with additional tools to enhance development and recovery. The support of a player's development is not just on the field. Balancing being a student and an athlete can be difficult. The Booster Club can facilitate academic success by providing professional academic mentors.

Team Development

To compete with the top teams, the Men and Women need to close the gap on-field. For example, last year, the men won 79% of their scrums and lineouts; the National Champion team won 90%. The Booster Club needs to fund additional coaches to provide the support and expertise needed to close the gap.

2019-20 Fundraising Goal: $210,000