Family, Friends, and Strangers,
Four years ago I discovered rugby as a freshman in college. Like everything else in Gods plan, the timing was perfect. That year our team went on to win 7s nationals for the first time in our program’s history. Since then, excellence has become a standard for the team and through hard work and a true reliance on God my team now holds the longest consecutive visits to 7s nationals, four years in a row. I had the privilege of captaining the team for my junior and senior seasons, finishing in the top 10th in the nation both years.
My love for rugby has led to me to accept a spot on the Stars Rugby 7s team to play post-college. Stars Rugby 7s was founded in November of 2013 with the mission of developing rugby 7s players in elite tournament settings. They recruit domestic and international players for the traveling team and this summer and fall the Stars will be playing in tournaments in Alaska, North Carolina, Calgary, Toronto, and Denver, and a tour in Australia.
It is my hope to participate in the tournaments in Calgary, Australia, Dubai, and New York. The total cost for these tournaments will be around $8,000, with tournament fees costing about $3,000, flights costing about $4,500, and a uniform fee of $300.
This opportunity means the world to me. As a kid I couldn’t afford the monthly fees that I needed to continue my interest in sports. Upon discovering rugby in college I was given the chance to make up for the time lost and now I’m being given the chance to continue past college, a chance most people can only wish for. Thank you all for supporting my dream and helping me continue to learn and grow, not only as a rugby player and athlete, but as a man of character.
July 5-9 Calgary Stampede 7s estimate $500
Oct 17-30 Australia Byron Bay & Central Coast 7s estimate $1500
Nov 24-26 New York 7s estimate $300
Dec 6-11 Dubai 7s estimate $600
Flight prices according to Google flights
Calgary - $600
Australia – $2,000
New York - $800
Dubai - $1000
It's important to note that I do not need to reach the entire amount before being able to travel. Thus I will be able travel as I make enough for each independently.