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Palmer rugby alumni launch new trust fund

The Palmer men’s rugby team at the 2011 USA Rugby Final Four Championship in June, where they took third place.
rugby team in a circle

The Palmer Rugby Alumni Association has recently launched the Dr. David D. Palmer Athletic Trust. This trust will serve as a fund-raising vehicle for the support of athletics at Palmer. The trust is named in honor of Dr. David D. Palmer for his tremendous support of rugby by creating and perpetuating a scholarship program for this sport. In August, the trust received its 501(c)3 Federal tax exempt status as a public charity.

In keeping with the memory of Dr. Palmer’s generosity, as well as in gratitude for five decades of support from the College administration, the rugby alumni have pledged the first $300,000 raised for use in funding hardship scholarships at Palmer. Thereafter, the fund will be utilized in support of educational purposes relating to athletic programs and functions at Palmer.

The Palmer Rugby Alumni Association is dedicated to the knowledge that a highprofile, championship-quality rugby program will continue to provide positive exposure for Palmer College nationwide as well as abroad. The rugby alumni are extremely proud of the College team’s performance in making the National Division 1 playoffs two years in a row and have pledged unprecedented support in boosting the team to national champion status. Forty rugby alumni have already pledged long-term support of the trust, and the program is well on its way to the initial goal of 100 contributors.

The rugby alumni association is planning a continuing education event and rugby game the weekend of March 23-25, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, when the Palmer Rugby College Allstars team will face the Dallas Harlequins, a Division I rugby team. Save the dates and look for more information in Palmer Highlights and other communications as plans are finalized.

If you would like to help the rugby alumni meet their initial goal by contributing to the fund, please go to and make a tax-deductible contribution. If you are a rugby alumnus and you have not been receiving regular e-mails from the Palmer Rugby Alumni Association, please e-mail your contact information to

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