Donor Profile – The Annis Family

Stacey and Jay Annis reside in Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. They have a daughter, Baylee, and a son, Sam.

Stacey helps coach her local high school’s girls’ team. Jay is the director of the CanAm Tournament held in Saranac Lake each summer, which is in its 40th year and hosts more than 100 15s teams. Baylee plays is a junior at Norwich University (VT) and plays prop and hooker and serves as a co-captain.

Why Do You Give?

We gave to the USA Women’s Eagles 15s program in response to their appeal for donations for the team’s tour to Europe last fall. We gave because both Jay and I are rugby fanatics and still love to play. Our daughter has played since age 15, and was first exposed to the National program as an all-star for territorial U-19 and U-23 teams. Not only is she a co-captain in her junior year at Norwich University, but she also attended the Eagles’ elite camp last summer. Additionally, in the past two years, the Collegiate All-Americans and the U-20 Eagles team have held a summer camp and played exhibition games against Canada and Northeast all-star teams as part of the CanAm tournament.

Why Do You Continue to Donate to USA Rugby?

Through the CanAm tournament, we met and had the opportunity to spend some time with Danielle Miller (Women’s Junior All-American Head Coach), Pete Steinberg (Women’s Eagles Head Coach), Luke Gross (Women’s Eagles Forwards Coach and USAR High Performance Development Manager) and other members of the USA Rugby staff. We understand the financial challenges faced by USA Rugby in funding the national programs, both as small business owners and as parents of an aspiring player who has benefited directly from those programs. We gave to give back and to help further the growth of women’s rugby in the US.

Why is it Important to Support Rugby in the United States?

With the US preparing for their 7s Olympic debut and the pending women’s and men’s world cups in 2014 and 2015, it’s a great time to help support the US rugby effort.