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Team TFO Represents at Top End EuroAmerican Handcycling Championships

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

One of the nation’s premiere handcycling events, the Top End EuroAmerican Handcycling Championships took place in Melbourne, FL. on February 5, 2012.  Team TFO was proud to be represented at 26.2 mile race that fielded over 70 handcyclists including 6 World Champions.


Posted in events, TEAM TFO, TFO Support with tags , , on January 17, 2012 by tryforothers

Team TFO showed up in full force for the 38th annual Eppie’s Great Race! With over 70 athletes and volunteers wearing the Team TFO jersey, including 26 challenged athletes, Team TFO made history by fielding the largest number of challenged athletes since the race began in 1974.  As a result, Team TFO swept the adaptive division taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  In addition, team members raised over $10,000 in support of Try For Other’s mission.

TFO thanks all participants, volunteers, and supporters for making this possible.  A special thanks goes out to our 2011 jersey sponsor Von Housen Motors.

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

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

Support Mike Jones

Posted in TFO Support with tags , , , on March 30, 2010 by tryforothers

On February 27, 2010 Michael “Jonesy” Jones was critically injured while playing in a rugby tournament in FT. Lauderdale, Florida.

At present, Mike is paralyzed from the neck down. He remains hospitalized and reliant on a breathing machine.  The challenges facing Mike and his family are tremendous.  Help an injured rugby brother and support Mike Jones :: Click here to make a donation

TFO Helps Critically Injured Rugby Player Jon Thomann

Posted in support, TFO Support, Uncategorized with tags , , on July 7, 2009 by tryforothers

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What can be learned from the game of rugby?  Undoubtedly, each match offers a medley of emotions.  For the victorious, there is triumph and satisfaction, and for the defeated, disappointment and despair.   No matter what side you may fall on for the day, these emotions are momentary, only to be visited again at a later date.   The season is not over yet, and there is more work to be done.  The victors move forward with confidence as the defeated seek redemption.  

In life, like in rugby, there are great highs and devastating lows—times of triumph and times you feel defeated.   In times of defeat, when obstacles seem to great to overcome, it is important to remember the lessons of the game— you must have the confidence to move forward and always seek the possibility of redemption.  As long as you’re breathing, life is not over, and there is more work to be done.

Jon Thomann, a former member of the Jefferson City Rugby Club, understands this better than anyone.

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Masi Sala’s “Road to Recovery” Fundraiser

Posted in events, TFO Support with tags , , on June 15, 2009 by tryforothers

On June 27th, 2009, Hot Lava Productions and Friends of Masiano Sala will host the “Masi Sala’s Road to Recovery” benefit at the All American Sports Center at 121 E. Sunset Road from noon to 9:00 pm.  The goal of this fundraiser is to support Masiano and his family alleviate the financial hardship from the initial injuries of his paralysis, his absence of work, hospital and rehab medical costs, to the continued expense on the hopes of a full recovery.  Click here for more details and sponsorship opportunities


World Rugby Shop Now Carrying TFO Apparel

Posted in TFO Support with tags , , on May 21, 2009 by tryforothers


Try For Others is excited to announce that World Rugby Shop, the premier store for authentic rugby gear, is now carrying TFO APPAREL under its own unique category, TFO Urban Wear. World Rugby Shop is the world’s leading rugby supplier to rugby players and fans in the USA and abroad.  TFO thanks World Rugby Shop for their continual support, and for partnering with us to make difference in the lives of rugby players who have been critically injured. View TFO Urban Wear at World Rugby Shop

SDSU Represents TFO at Collegiate National Championships

Posted in events, TFO Support with tags , , , on May 3, 2009 by tryforothers

sdsutfoTry For Others announced that SDSU will be honoring the organization by wearing the TFO shield on their jersey’s for the 2009 Collegiate National Championships at Stanford. 

“I’m flattered that SDSU will be the first team to wear the TFO shield in competition,” said TFO founder Dominic Cooke.  “Their willingness to support our cause is a testament to the genuine concern the rugby community has for the game and those who play it.”

SDSU coaches, Dan Payne and Matt Sherman, invited Cooke to the team’s jersey presentation to talk about TFO and what the shield they will be wearing represents.  As Sherman, a former teammate of Cooke’s at UC Berkeley expresses, “We invited Dom to come talk to the team last night because I wanted our boys to see an example of someone who is giving back to the game.  It’s inspiring what TFO is doing to help the rugby community, and we feel privileged to support the cause.”

Before presenting the jerseys, Cooke spoke to the team about Try For Others and what the TFO shield represents.  “To me, the TFO shield represents more than just the work our organizations does in the rugby community,” says Cooke.  “It’s bigger than that.  It represents the hard work and sacrifices they have made as individuals and as a team.  It honors all those players who have come before them and made a positive contribution to the game.”  View more pictures from 2009 Collegiate Rugby Championships

Masi Sala: A Rugby Warrior

Posted in TFO Support with tags , , , on April 3, 2009 by tryforothers

Las Vegas Silverbacks Player Masi Sala Critically Injured in Rugby Match: Read Masi’s Story »

They say rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen. We joke ‘give blood, play rugby.’ To the casual observer, this game is chaotic at best; dangerous and brutal at its worst. Saturday, March 28th was proof of that. The San Diego Armada and Las Vegas Silverbacks faced off on the pitch for the picture-4second time for what was going to be a great battle between two teams with plenty of heart and spirit. Shortly into that game, something that sticks in the back of every rugby player’s mind occurred. A tackle happened. Players rolled away and got up…except for one.

Nervously, fans watched the play continue for a short while expecting the usual to happen. He’ll catch his breath, roll over, hop up, and run down the pitch to rejoin the brutal action. But he didn’t move. He couldn’t move. The Silverback’s assistant coach and fellow rugby player Masi Sala was in trouble. The referee stopped play. Armada’s team doctor ran to his side and began administering a brief exam no rugby player wants to experience. Was he breathing? Could he wiggle a finger? Could he feel his legs? Continue reading