Women's Rugby at the White House

The Penn State Women's Rugby Team paid a visit to the White House recently, to be honored as the 2017 National Champions. In attendance was the majority of last year's team, including fifth-year player Fran Schaeffer.

"The experience was very special," Schaeffer says. "It means a lot to represent Penn State Women's Rugby. The sport of rugby and specifically the Penn State program have strongly influenced me, and it meant a lot to be the team that could represent our program at the White House. In addition to last year's national championship, our program has won 11 other national titles. For us, going to the White House also meant representing those other national championship teams and all the women who came through the program before us and worked hard to pave the way for our success."

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Meet Women's Forward Kristina Perry

Kristina Perry began playing rugby out of pure spontaneity during her junior year of high school.


"I needed to become more involved in extracurriculars before applying to college, so my best friend and I decided to join rugby," she says. "I attended my first practice not having a clue about what rugby was, but within a few months, I realized it was something I truly loved."

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Remember PSU Rugby on #GivingTuesday

This "Giving Tuesday" please consider making a donation to Penn State Rugby - then be sure to share on social media to encourage others to do the same! This is also a great time to see if your employer will match your charitable donations.

Also, as the holiday season approaches, remember that you can support PSU Rugby with your Amazon purchases via Amazon Smile! 

Click here for PSU Rugby Amazon Smile! 

Started back 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Created by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. (Source)