A pitch perfect partnership
We have a special relationship with college rugby, based on shared values like integrity, respect, and service to others. We admire the character, and the equality between men and women that the rugby community represents. In rugby, men and women play with the same ball, on the same size field, and by 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 in life. And we know solid preparation, coaching, and fitness are what it takes to succeed in both, and live life with confidence.
Simply put, we’re not just sponsors of the fastest growing team sport in America — we’re fans too.
Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship
The premier event on the college calendar. Since 2015, we’ve been the title sponsor of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship — a summer showcase for some of college rugby’s finest teams and student athletes. The weekend tournament, hosted at Talen Energy Stadium, is a true celebration of the sport and brings together accomplished rugby programs. As its profile has grown, both ESPN and NBC Sports have broadcast the matches live. During the tournament, we present the Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award. The honor recognizes the student athlete participating in the tournament who best exemplifies our shared values of integrity, commitment, and respect, and has made substantial contributions to society and their community.
National Small College Rugby Organization
Supporting the big dreams of small schools. We believe rugby is a powerful instructor of values that propel men and women forward in life. The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) was founded to extend this opportunity to schools of any size – and 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 12,000 student athletes and coaches are part of the NSCRO experience.
A life of significance
Each year, we honor the important values shared by the rugby community through the Life of Significance Award.
Connecting athletes with opportunity. Rugby also gives us a platform to make a difference in the lives of student athletes. We’ve partnered with colleges and universities across the country to provide discounted uniforms and equipment for programs that have budget limitations. Today, we proudly sponsor more than 200 college teams.
We also work at the local level to expand opportunity for players. We support USA Rugby’s C.A.R.E. Program by providing real-life work experience and financial education to America’s best players and our home and local offices have hired college rugby players as both interns and full-time advisers. One of our local offices recently worked with Life University – a chiropractic college with a leading rugby program – to provide a series of free finance courses for all students.