A pitch perfect partnership
Penn Mutual has a special relationship with rugby, because the sport is based on shared values such as integrity, respect and service to others. Rugby is a sport of equality, where men’s and women’s teams play with the same ball, on the same size field, following the same rules.
We believe the opportunities and challenges that athletes face and overcome on the pitch have a lot in common with the opportunities and challenges we all face. Focusing on preparation, coaching and fitness provides a solid foundation to succeed in both rugby and life.
At the collegiate level, many rugby student-athletes across the country have applied this philosophy by devoting time to helping others. We recognize the achievements of many of these young men and women and the work they do through our Life of Significance Award.
National Small College Rugby Organization
We support the big dreams of small schools because we believe rugby teaches meaningful values that propel men and women forward in life. The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) was founded to foster the growth and development of small college rugby for teams, players and coaches alike. We became the top sponsor of NSCRO in 2015, and today, nearly 400 colleges and 10,000 student-athletes and coaches are part of the NSCRO experience.
A life of significance
Each year, the Life of Significance Award is presented to one college rugby player, either male or female, who displays the values of integrity, respect, loyalty and community. Winners demonstrate these values both on and off the pitch, serving as mentors, giving back to the community or working with a charity to ensure a better future for others.
This prestigious national award was inspired by the book, “Living a Life of Significance,” by Joseph Jordan, which details the positive impact the life insurance industry has on society.
Through rugby, we’ve helped make a difference in the lives of student-athletes, providing discounted uniforms and equipment for programs at colleges and universities across the country. To date, we have proudly sponsored more than 200 college teams.
We have provided real-life work experience and financial education to some of America’s best players, including current USA Rugby national team members serving as Brand Ambassadors and participating in internships.
In our home and local offices, we’ve hired college rugby players as interns and full-time financial professionals. We have also collaborated with the United States Rugby Foundation and the Women’s Rugby Coaches and Referees Association to support the growth of grassroots rugby throughout the U.S.