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.
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.