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Stanford Rugby “Try For Others” at San Jose Charity Race

Posted in events, support, TEAM TFO with tags , , , , on March 13, 2012 by tryforothers

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On Sunday March 11, 2012, Stanford Rugby participated in the San Jose 408K ‘Race To The Row’ benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation.   In partnership with Try For Others (TFO), Stanford Rugby had over 100 club members represent Team TFO at the inaugural 8K race.

The event, which Stanford Rugby used as a fundraiser, raised nearly $15,000 to support their program and adopted charities. Through Team TFO, Stanford Rugby helped sponsor a field of disabled athletes to race alongside the team, including a number of injured military veterans.

“Try For Others was thrilled to have so many Stanford Rugby players represent Team TFO at the 408K,” said TFO Founder Dominic Cooke.  “Through their support, we were able to provide opportunities for challenged athletes to defy stereotypes and challenge their limitations.”

The sold-out race began at the HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose before finishing at the beautiful Santana Row. Stanford Head Coach, Matt Sherman, hopes his players will draw inspiration from the disabled athletes and Pat Tillman’s example.

“Stanford Rugby was honored to participate in the 408K benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation,” related Sherman. “Pat sacrificed so much to pursue a mission much bigger than himself.  It was with this same mentality that Stanford Rugby came together to support his legacy and Team TFO.”

Those interested in supporting Stanford Rugby with their fundraising efforts can still make donations at www.teamtfo.org.

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TFO Supports Derek Thomas Fundraiser

Posted in events, support with tags , , , on February 16, 2012 by tryforothers

TFO was honored to be one of many sponsors at the Derek Thomas Fundraiser this past weekend. Severely burned in a car accident, Derek continues on his road to recovery, and inspires all that meet him. Thanks to family, friends, local businesses, and the rugby community, nearly $100,000 was raised. Great job done by Ramon Samaniego who organized the event!

TFO Attends Largest Youth Rugby Tournament In North America

Posted in events, support, TFO Apparel with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2012 by tryforothers

USA Eagle Louis Stanfill stops by the TFO booth to lend his support.

A GREAT DAY OF RUGBY! On a picturesque weekend in Northern California, over 100 teams ranging from 8 and under to college age attended the 28th Annual KOT Tournament in Rancho Cordova, CA.  TFO was proud to be part of such a special event, and thrilled to share our mission with the future rugby players of America.

Please Support the Derek Thomas Fund

Posted in events, support with tags , , , on February 1, 2012 by tryforothers

Rugby Community Helps TFO Raise $6,300 for Brandon Garner’s Recovery

Posted in events, support, TFO Support with tags on October 21, 2010 by tryforothers


On August 28th, 2010, at a fundraiser in Indianapolis, Indiana, TFO presented Brandon and his mother with a $5,500 check on behalf of the rugby community to help Brandon in his recovery. With the White River RFC raising an additional $800 at the event, the rugby community came together to raise over $6,000 for Brandon’s cause.  Big thanks to all the generous rugby players and fans who supported TFOs fundraising campaign for Brandon by sending donations and buying TFO Apparel.  :: Read Brandon’s full story here

TEAM TFO DEBUTS AT EPPIE’S GREAT RACE

Posted in events, support, TEAM TFO on July 14, 2010 by tryforothers

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”                                                                                        –John Wooden

On Saturday July 17th, TEAM TFO will debut at the 37th annual Eppie’s Great Race.  Dubbed “The World’s Oldest Triathlon,” over 3,000 athletes have signed up for the race which consists of 5.82 miles of running, 12.5 mile of cycling and 6.35 miles of Kayaking or Canoeing along the American River.

TEAM TFO is a Try For Others program that encourages disabled persons to challenge their limitations, defy stereotypes, and re-define the meaning of being disabled.  TFO founder, Dominic Cooke, first began thinking about the program in 2009 after returning from a cycling camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

“I’d been away from organized sport as an athlete for so long that I had forgotten the importance of the team dynamic,”recalls Cooke.  “My week in Colorado reminded me how special it is to be part of a team.  You have the same competitive mind-set, the same common goals, and the support of teammates to help you achieve those goals.  I wanted to bring that same team dynamic to Try For Others, and encourage both able-bodied and disabled individuals to inspire each other and challenge their limitations.”

As a member of team TFO, individuals identify a challenge to overcome (marathon, triathlon, hike, race, etc.) and give reason to their pursuit by raising funds so that TFO can sponsor disabled athletes to overcome their own challenges.  TEAM TFO is proud to sponsor 7 disabled athletes for Eppie’s Great Race.  Meet TEAM TFO Great Race Athletes

Video of Dominic’s experience in Colorado that inspired TEAM TFO


Fellow Rugger Needs Your Support

Posted in support, TFO Support on May 18, 2010 by tryforothers

“Brandon is a fighter.  He never submits or surrenders to anyone or anything. Tough is an understatement when it comes  to describing Brandon. He is an unstoppable force that will never give up. As Brandon, his family, and his brothers of  rugby face this difficult time, we ask kindly for any generosity you can spare.”                                                                         –White River Rugby Club

Brandon Garner began playing rugby at Hamilton Southeastern High School where his quickness and tenacity made him a solid contributor on the pitch. Active on and off the field, he was not only a member of several athletic teams but also a member of R.O.T.C. whilst working several jobs. Always wanting to push himself, Brandon began spending his off-seasons during high school training with Indiana’s White River Rugby Club, a local competitive men’s team.He quickly established himself as a starter on the team, and became a key player for the teams’ high scoring offense.

However, on April 18th, 2009, Brandon’s promising rugby career was tragically interrupted. Continue reading