Donor Spotlight: Meet David Pelton

I started playing rugby for the local men's team (Austin Huns) at the age of 17--early for most people back in 1981. I was in my first year in college and I was out on my own for the first time, pretty much a deer in the headlights. The Huns embraced me from the first practice, and I count many of those teammates as some of my closest friends because of that time. As I moved to other teams (Univ of Texas; Boca Raton; Univ of Alabama; Fort Worth; Colorado Springs; Eastside Axemen), I always found the same camaraderie. Even the trips I've taken abroad reinforced it: we are a true fraternity. The sport transcends the pitch and encompasses all the ideals that the world aspires to - fair competition, sportsmanship, teamwork, community. A Huns' t-shirt (stolen from the Bard) was very true in its back logo - "For he today that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother".

That ethos was something I never saw on TV watching sports nor in my high school athletics of football and basketball.

It is why I give to rugby - truly, the greatest sport out there. I give on the pitch and off the pitch. While playing I stepped up to administration to help maintain that which I love, and when my playing days were over I coached teams and refereed to help give back what the sport has given me. I give money when I don't have the time to give more of myself. I give to my old clubs, my local youth organization, the US Rugby Foundation, and to the USA Rugby Trust. The income to USA Rugby is still not much, and yet as the sport grows there is more and more needed. The USA Rugby Trust allows me to help out those programs that I have seen who are not getting as much as they need to perform at a level they aspire to.

I believe that each of the rugby organizations I give to has a purpose, and also helps to bring our sport to different people. I use the term "our sport" because rugby does not belong to one particular segment; it belongs to the players of today, the fans who come out despite the weather, and to us older retired (semi-retired?) players who still enjoy the lifelong memories and the fellowship. We owe a debt to this game they play in heaven, and each of us has ways that we can help return what has been given to us.

I hope you will join me and my family in supporting USA Rugby.

Thank you

David Pelton - Lifetime Member, USA Rugby

Along with my family: Amy Drackert - rugby player since 1989, my wife, and Lifetime Member, USA Rugby; Tirzah Pelton - my daughter, age 10, mini rugby player since age 3, Lifetime Member, USA Rugby; Luke Pelton - my son, age 8, mini rugby player since age 3, Lifetime Member, USA Rugby


Donors like you make the difference! Through your generosity, USA Rugby Trust continues to grow the sport of rugby by providing financial support to worthwhile programs. Your gifts benefit youth initiatives, improve coaching and referee development, and build world class athletes through our USA National Teams.

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