The NACRA Executive Committee is pleased to present the 2013 NACRA Award for Fair Play to the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club.
The Dog River Howlers Rugby Club was established in 2007, as a touring side and fundraising body. They have backed up their motto “It’s more than a game, it’s a way of life” through a wide range of efforts that include growing the game of rugby in developing countries, supporting groups and individuals in need, and providing important resources to promising athletes to help them, and Canada’s Rugby teams, reach the highest international standards.
Over the past seven years, the Howlers’ fundraising efforts have raised over $750,000USD, and a vast amount of donated equipment and supplies. Most of the funds have been used to support youth-at-risk programs, orphanages, scholarships, patients with serious illnesses/injuries and their families, women’s shelters, and other charitable endeavours.
Some of the Howlers’ resources have gone towards supporting Canadian Rugby players striving for, or playing on, the country’s national teams.
But they have also provided a lot of resources and support to build the game of Rugby across the globe. As well as offering guidance in building and coaching the sport of Rugby, the Howlers have provided thousands of dollars, and countless balls, shoes, shorts and jerseys to help Rugby programs in India, Afghanistan, Lebanon, the Philippines, Argentina, Colombia, Rwanda, Kenya, Fiji, Thailand, Haiti, Mexico, and particularly Cuba, where the annual Havana Howlers Sevens are an on-going legacy to the Howlers’ many years of support.
NACRA President Dennis Dwyer (Bermuda) praised the Howlers, “The Dog River Howlers Rugby Club is an impressive example of the real impact that Rugby’s values can have when put into action. Their incredible contributions to the sport and to the community at large, while proudly heralding their Rugby roots, helps to demonstrate to the world that Rugby truly is “not just a game, it’s a way of life. They are an excellent choice as the recipient of the inaugural NACRA Award for Fair Play, and may they long continue to set the standard high for clubs everywhere.”
Karl Fix, President and Founder of the Dog River Howlers, was elated to receive the NACRA Award. "On behalf all the over 400 players that have put on the Howlers strip along with our numerous coaches, managers, board members, medical support staff and supporters, who all for the most part pay their own globetrotting travel costs, many thanks for this immense honour. Being part of our unique, almost cultish game, which has allowed us to make new friends around the rugby globe, while having fun and also hopefully making a difference in people's lives is why we Howlers believe that "it's more than a game, it's way of life".
Mike Chu, General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance for Rugby Canada, expressed his support for the Howlers, "On behalf of Rugby Canada, I would like to congratulate the Dog River Howlers for winning the NACRA Award for Fair Play. The incredible work that the Dog River Howlers do both in Canada and around the world embodies the spirit of rugby and community and I'm happy their dedicated attitude has been recognized by NACRA."
The Award will be presented to the Dog River Howlers in a ceremony in Langford, British Columbia, on October 26, as part of the Americas Rugby Championships final day.
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