Rugby rises in Colorado
By John Arthur
Supporting the Colorado community is an integral element of the Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club. In 2018, the Raptors will join six other founding teams in a new professional rugby league, Major League Rugby. Alongside Glendale’s already robust rugby fan base, and with the ever-increasing popularity of the sport nationally, the new league will push the team even further into the spotlight, positioning the organization for greater community outreach.
With tickets already on sale for the Raptors inaugural season in Major League Rugby, one avenue for the team to positively impact the community has become apparent. Partnering with Rugby Colorado, a state governing body for youth and high school rugby, the Glendale Raptors have organized an exceptional fundraising opportunity.
Throughout the Raptors season, which runs from April through June, participating Rugby Colorado member clubs will be selling tickets to home games, receiving a percentage of each sale as a donation. Twenty percent of every ticket sale will be returned to the seller: 10% to Rugby Colorado, and 10% to the specific member club that made the sale. The four clubs that sell the most tickets will scrimmage during half time at the first two Raptors home games: two teams on April 21, and two on May 13.
The benefits of this sort of partnership are many. The Raptors are able to make a financial contribution to the community that embraces the sport they love, and Colorado’s youth rugby athletes act as ambassadors, benefiting their clubs and introducing rugby to its growing American audience. For more information on the Rugby Colorado program, visit their website.