The mission of The 1964 Rugby Foundation is to establish rugby as a viable alternative sport in Northeast Ohio; and to promote the sport on the local, state,national and international levels by developing Northeast Ohio into a preeminent center for the sport by financially and strategically supporting the game at all levels.

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To assist those in the rugby community to live happier, healthier lives through participation in the sport and culture of rugby in an environment that promotes physical fitness, camaraderie, and community responsibility across the lifespan.

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The 1964 Rugby Foundation has donated over $80,000 to local rugby clubs and organizations in Northeast Ohio and the Foundation continues to champion the cause of rugby development in our area and beyond.

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The 1964 Rugby Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable sports organization, was founded in 2004 and charged with the responsibility of growing and supporting the sport of rugby football in Northeast Ohio. Named for the year when rugby was founded in Cleveland by the noted Cleveland orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Bergfeld, The 1964 Rugby Foundation has donated nearly $70,000 to local rugby clubs and organizations. Recently, the Foundation has increased its focus on improving community awareness of our mission, vision, and goals, and is emphasizing a developmental approach to broaden the base of players, fans, and supporters. Thanks for your support!

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1964 Rugby Foundation Donation Item Request Form

The 1964 Rugby Foundation partners with local rugby clubs and organizations to help grow and promote the sport of rugby in Northeast Ohio. To request funding for your club or organization, click on the request funding button.


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