USA Rugby South 2018 campaign
My name is Willis Lincoln Hardaway, known by family and friends as simply "TJ." I am currently a finishing student at the University of Memphis. I play rugby and compete in Olympic weightlifting as a representative of Memphis. I have recently been given an opportunity to play for the USA South Panthers team for the 2018 season. This is a developmental team that is well known for allowing players significant exposure to achieve a higher level of rugby as a career. However, participation comes with a price. The team is known to cover some aspects of being a player, but the team plans to participate in international competitions and travel to nations such as Bermuda, Trinidad, the Caiman Islands, and compete in a European tour. The expenses for each journey will be over $600, because my participation includes paying for flight costs, tournament fees, eating, and hotels. This is an opportunity for an athlete that has never been a part of a national championship rugby team, or reared to pursue rugby early in life, to showcase himself and represent his community. My presence on the team would be a testimony to the power of rugby in Memphis to give young men and women an avenue to better themselves mentally, physically, and culturally. My primary goal is to reach the USA national team, as well as bring Memphis rugby to the world, and in doing so, bring the world's rugby back to Memphis. I will not simply be an athlete playing rugby due to the generosity of people who believe in a dream that involves one day representing my country in the Olympics. I will be an ambassador for the city of Memphis to elevate the environment as a place for rugby to flourish. I will be eternally grateful for any help provided and if my campaign is successful, be assured that i will give back to Memphis and the Intercity Ruby organization. The first tournament is in March of 2018, and a clear amount by then will help me budget for the later games and tournaments. Thank you so much, and U.S.A. for Tokyo 2020 Olympics!+ Read More
Hello everyone! I have been blessed to be successfully selected to participate with the USA South in the Rugby America North Championship. Every game is a tryout, but my first official match is in Bermuda on the second week of May. This feels like all my hard work is finally producing results. If you could continue to participate in my financial obligations, I would be incredibly grateful. Thank you for all your support!