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Rugby alumni make good on their goals

Steve Robke, D.C., Davenport ’96, center, catches a line out as a member of the Palmer Olde Boys rugby alumni team at Ruggerfest. Dr. Robke, named the event’s Most Valuable Player for the Olde Boys, was on the Palmer Rugby Club’s 1995 USA Final Four team as a student, and more recently played for the U.S. in the Bermuda Rugby World Classic.
Steve Robke is lifted up into the air to catch the rugby ball

Almost since the club’s inception in 1960 by Dr. Dave Palmer, alumni of the Palmer College Rugby Club have been continually supporting their alma mater. Their most recent effort was during a chiropractic seminar and fundraiser for the Palmer Rugby endowment in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Feb. 24-26. Fred Schofield, D.C., Davenport ’81, who led the Palmer Rugby Club to two national championships as a student, donated his time as a seminar lecturer.

Not only did attendees get information and continuing education credits, they also were able to catch some rugby action as the current Palmer Rugby Club team played in the premiere division and the Palmer Olde Boys played in the age 35 and over division in that weekend’s Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest.

Rugby alumni have diligently built their rugby endowment to more than $250,000, and they demonstrated their continuing generosity at the February seminar by donating $7,500 toward naming a room the “Rugby Team Adjusting Room” in Palmer’s new Chiropractic Learning Resource Center.

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