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Women's rugby rakes up some dough

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By NewsTeam Boulde... - Posted on 06 October 2009

The CU Women's Rugby teams offers a unique opportunity for incoming students and offers some original fundraising ideas.

This year the women's rugby team has 40 members, old and new. The team's goal is to attend nationals in May in New Orleans, but that is going to cost them. To send a team of 40 girls cross country costs thousands of dollars. They hope to raise more than $3,000 dollars a semester to help cover those costs.

To make this money, the team is putting their members up for rent. For nine dollars an hour, anyone in the Boulder community can "rent a rugger" to help them out with yard work and household chores. The team also offers babysitting and moving services.

"I think people in the community want to help us and see us as a valuable asset," said Kodi Kassell, president of the CU women's rugby team. "It brings in a lot of money that actually helps our team a lot."

The girls also recognize this fundraiser as an opportunity to build bridges with the community and friendships with one another.

"There have been a few people who really seem to need our help. It felt really great to help them," said Emily Gus, CU women's rugby social chair.

The women's rugby team is a tier four club sport, meaning they receive small amounts of funding from the club sports department. However, fundraising is still necessary to allow the team to travel and pay their coach a small amount.

To keep their tier two status, the team must maintain their roster's current numbers. They are looking for anyone who wants to be involved, even those who have never played sports.

"We have girls who haven't really played sports before," said Lauren Daly, women's rugby captain. "The cool thing about rugby is the camaraderie. There's a place for every shape and size."