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OPRFC's "Engage" Moving Forward

By Matt Schmidt, 06/21/17, 10:30AM MST

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Charitable Program Tops Fundraising Goals For This Year

On June 10th, OPRFC hosted a fundraiser for its charitable program "Engage" which is designed to provide more underprivileged kids the chance to play the fastest growing sport in America in a fun and safe environment. The event featured a poker tournament, food and beverages, yard games, a raffle, silent auction, photo booth, dancing, merchandise and more. 

Due to the excellent support of the local community, OPRFC exceeded its fundraising goals, meaning not only will Engage be able to execute every aspect of the program originally planned, but now have the funds to help more kids than anticipated should the demand and need arise. At minimum, this includes:

*Hosting mini clinics at the Boys and Girls Club summer camps and donating balls to each clubhouse for their use while we are away.

 *Hosting approximately 100 kids from local nonprofits in our Big Annual Clinic, which provides each kid with an athletic kit including bag, water bottle, rugby ball and jersey.

*Inviting kids who want more to participate in our Fall Youth Camp, a non-tackle program every Sunday in October that will include coaches, referees, training and two hand touch rugby games.

*Donating cleats to participants in our Fall Youth Camp who could not otherwise own a pair of their own.

Engage has also partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson and USA Rugby to make this program especially great.

The  success for Engage's first fundraising year would not have been possible without the help of its wonderful sponsors and donors:

Kinerk, Schmidt and Sethi, PLLC

The Tucson Conquistadores

The Zuckerman Outreach Community Foundation

The Volpe Team at NOVA Home Loans

Design Modulars Incorporated

CAID Industries

The Law Offices of Maggie Higgins Schmidt

Dragoon Brewing Company

Whiskey Del Bac by Hamilton Distillers

The Independent Distillery

R + R Grill

The Underestimated City