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UCLA Rugby - 83 Years Strong

$32,895
109%
Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
43 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 20, at 12:00 AM PST
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UCLA Rugby - 83 Years Strong

Since 1934, UCLA Rugby has been one of the most recognized and successful collegiate rugby programs in the United States. With 3 National Championships and countless Southern California Titles, plus international victories over some of the rugby world’s finest Collegiate programs, the UCLA Men's Rugby team is a testament of what hard work, courage, and resilience can accomplish.

In addition to those team accomplishments, UCLA has produced 14 USA Eagles, countless All-Americans and the first ever USA Coach, Dennis Storer. Our international lineage continues today as current Head Coach Scott Stewart is a former Canadian International with 5 total World Cup appearances and Assistant Coach Peter Sio played for USA 7’s National team.

The Bruins have consistently made appearances in National Championship Tournaments in both XV’s and 7‘s Rugby. Most recently the Bruins were 1/4 Finalists in the Varsity Cup XV’s National Championship and have achieved  a final, two semi-finals and a 1/4 final finish in the Collegiate Rugby 7‘s Championships.

Over the years, as the Bruin Rugby program has risen in rankings and visibility, the team has grown to over 70 players and competes against our traditional rivals from the PAC Conference including California, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and USC. While the majority of the players in our current squad were born in the USA, there continues to be tremendous interest in our program from abroad and we are now getting a look at some of the finest Academy players from Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This blend of domestic and international talent truly reflects the diversity of the general student population at UCLA and has helped UCLA Rugby continue to be one of the best programs in Collegiate Rugby.

Throughout our history, our success on the field has been enhanced and matched by our success off the field as our program continues to graduate young men of the highest character. These players work hard in the classroom, on the training field and through their own pursuit of excellence, will graduate with the tools required to become leaders in their own communities.

Team Costs & Travel

Unlike Varsity Sports at UCLA, the Men's Rugby team does not receive institutional funding and is responsible for raising each dollar we spend during our annual season. 

Our athletes work hard day in and day out in an effort to reach their goal of competing for a National Championship every year, but the costs of staff, travel, medical support, nutrition and equipment makes it a challenge for players to reach their athletic potential. Here are some examples of per player costs, per road trip:

  • $25   - per day of meals
  • $150 - 5 hours of coach bus service
  • $400 - round-trip airfare
  • $500 - hotel accommodations for 4 players

Player dues, summer camps, ticket sales, merchandise sales and donations from alumni, family, friends, and fans continue to be the primary source of funding for all of our team costs.

We Need You!

"During my tenure, we have developed several important relationships on campus and within our own community to help us grow our program. Our Alumni have been active members in these developments as has our administration, who have been extremely proactive in helping UCLA Rugby continue to aim higher." - Coach Scott Stewart 

The players and staff involved with our current program are very grateful for all of the support and contributions to our program throughout our history. With your help, the Bruins can continue our tradition of excellence at UCLA as both players and as successful people in our communities going forward. We invite you to show your support the program by making a donation to our program today.

Your contributions will help us to fund our 2017-2018 season including our travel, tournament fees, apparel, equipment, coaching, and so much more. Gifts from donors directly affect our results on the field. 

Thank You!

Thank you so much for your donations and continued support of the UCLA Rugby program. We cannot express the gratitude we have for you helping us in our mission of player development, on-field achievement, and community service. As the men of UCLA Rugby, we look forward to making the Bruin Nation proud this year. We truly appreciate your generosity

We are grateful for all donors to our program, but want to send a HUGE thank you to David and Maureen Barry, parents of Niall and Cian, for kicking us off with AN INCREDIBLE lead gift. We are humbled by your gift, your commitment to our team, and your confidence in our program. Thank you!

Now, let's bring a national title to Westwood!!!!

The Bruins at the 2016-2017 Collegiate Rugby Championship
1978 - Fundraising for travel costs is nothing new for Bruins
Our way
of Thanking You

$25

Thank you!

We are grateful for your gift, and hope to meet you at a game this season!

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$50

Rugby Shout Out

If you donate $50, you and/or your business will get a shoutout on the official UCLA Rugby Facebook page.

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Estimated Delivery: November 2017

$100

Wear it with Pride

For a donation of $100 , you will receive a Shout-Out on our Facebook page and an official UCLA rugby T-Shirt. (A $80 tax deductible gift)

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Estimated Delivery: November 2017

$250

Doing it for Dennis

For a donation of $250, you will receive a Shout-Out on Facebook, an Official UCLA Rugby T-shirt, and a weekend pass to the Dennis Storer Classic Rugby tournament held at the North Athletic Field on the UCLA campus. (a $210 tax deductible gift)

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Estimated Delivery: January 2018

$500

The Classic +1

For a donation of $500, you will receive a Shout-Out on Facebook, an Official UCLA Rugby T-Shirt and 2 weekend passes to the Dennis Storer Classic, so you can bring a guest. (a $440 tax deductible gift)

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Estimated Delivery: January 2018

$1,000

The VIP Special

For a donation of $1000, you will receive a Shout-Out on Facebook, an Official UCLA T-shirt, and 2 VIP passes to the Dennis Storer Classic that includes seating in a private section, sandwich buffet, and refreshments! (a $900 tax deductible gift)

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$2,500

Hometown Hero

For a donation of $2500, you will receive a Facebook Shout-Out, an official UCLA Rugby team Polo Shirt, and 2 VIP passes to all Home matches. (a $2376 tax deductible gift)

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Estimated Delivery: November 2017

$5,000

Hall of Famer

For a donation of $5000, you will receive a Facebook Shout-Out, an Official UCLA Rugby Polo shirt, 2 VIP passes to all Home matches, and 2 seats at the Coach's Table at the Hall of Fame Dinner. (a $4676 deductible gift)

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