WHO: Over 600 employees of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, as well as executives and officials from United World Sports, NBC Sports Group, and the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship; the men’s rugby teams from the University of Pennsylvania and Saint Joseph’s University; and the women’s rugby team from Temple University – joined by former Pennsylvania Governor/Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell
WHAT: “RUGBY 101” Exhibition and Unveiling of New Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Logo
WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014 from 12 Noon to 1 p.m.
WHERE: The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, 600 Dresher Road, Horsham, PA 19044
BACKGROUND: The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, United World Sports and NBC Sports Group have announced a three-year title sponsorship for the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), the largest Rugby 7’s collegiate rugby championship in the U.S. The CRC, scheduled for its fifth consecutive year at Philadelphia’s PPL Park in 2015, will now be called the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
Rugby 7s returns to the Olympic Games in 2016, following an 84-year hiatus, where the United States will defend its gold medal from the 1924 Olympics in Paris. The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is part of a nationwide effort to build American rugby talent in preparation for the Olympics. In the past three years, the CRC has produced 15 players who have gone on to play for the U.S. National teams.
In the 2014 CRC, 20 of the top colleges and universities competed for the title, including six teams with strong ties to the Greater Philadelphia region – Drexel University, Kutztown University, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Saint Joseph’s University and Temple University, as well as Notre Dame, Texas, Michigan, Navy, Ohio State and reigning national champion, the University of California Golden Bears.
The 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship is slated for May 30th and May 31st at PPL Park. Beginning in 2015, a portion of Penn Mutual’s sponsorship investment will be awarded to the winning team, the proceeds of which will be used to build the team’s rugby program on-campus. Additional information is available at http://www.usasevenscrc.com.
Jim DeLorenzo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-266-5943