Fairfield Rugby “State of the Union”
Our 2016 wrap-up - and a look ahead to an exciting 2017
Dear Fairfield Rugby Alumni & Fans:
As we wrap up a terrific Fall season for Fairfield rugby, there’s much to tell you – not only regarding what has transpired in 2016, but with monumental news for 2017. Below you'll read about:
With your support, we’ve partnered with the University and the current team’s leaders & coaches to continue to build on our 50th Anniversary Celebration momentum as you’ll see from the news below.
In addition to club and alumni matches, we honored our sponsors, as well as Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. and Director of Recreation & Club Sports John Paladino for their service to Fairfield and support of rugby. We heard from Rob King ’80, Past President of the FURFC and current Vice Chairman of USA Rugby; and recognized Paul Sheehy ’85, FU Athletic Hall of Fame 2016 and USA Rugby Eagle. We welcomed Pete Fallon ’65, FURFC Founder and our first Captain, along with Frank Quinn ’66, our first President.
We also recognized the birth of COBRA (City of Bridgeport Rugby Alliance) for youth touch rugby clinics at Grauert Field, under the leadership of Red Rugger Bob Ehlers, ‘79 and Men’s coach Marc Downes. COBRA is supported by the FOFR, the town of Fairfield Rugby Club, and Fairfield University. What a day! Check out these great photos at www.coolrugbyphotos.com.
In 2017 we will launch this extraordinary endeavor, featuring a multifaceted effort to create an elite and nationally recognized rugby program for our men’s and women’s teams. While the formal plan is still being finalized, initial goals include:
It’s incredibly exciting. And it will happen, if we all “bind on”, push forward together, and contribute whatever we can to the Capital Campaign when asked. Look for details in the first half of 2017. In the meantime...
Let’s end 2016 on a high note - donate now to help fund recruiting, our spring sevens season, and preparation for next fall!
It’s quick and easy online with this link. Get it done now before the holidays steal your attention. Here are more reasons to give:
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Best wishes for Thanksgiving and soon enough, Christmas.
H. Bart Franey ‘67
Friends of Fairfield Rugby
P.S. We’ve come a long way in the past few years. But what’s ahead is even more exciting. Your support is needed to make this new vision a reality. Please donate before year end to help us meet our current short term funding needs, and give some thought to your plans for the 2017 Capital Campaign; we’ll have more on that early next year.
*FOFR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: