Women’s rugby to hold annual fundraiser Saturday
The Steamboat men's rugby club will host Glenwood earlier in the day
If you go
What: Steamboat Women's Rugby Club annual fundraiser
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Avenue
Cost: $5 to enter
More information: The fundraiser will be cowboy-themed, with all proceeds going toward the women's rugby club.
Steamboat Springs — Hang out with these girls on the pitch, and you’re more likely to end up bruised than anything. But, Steamboat Springs Women’s Rugby Football Club co-founder and captain Sarah Tiedeken promises Saturday’s annual fundraiser will be an enjoyable experience.
“The fundraiser is a nice kickoff to the season, in general, to get people excited about the rugby environment,” Tiedeken said. “We are a really fun group of girls, so we like to have a good time and put on a good time for everyone.”
The fifth annual fundraiser gets underway at 9 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub, one of the club’s primary sponsors. Admission is $5.
Inside, DJ Leprechaun will be spinning tracks, and drink specials will be available, all in support of Steamboat women’s rugby.
“We’ve kind of made it a little bit of a tradition to have a really fun party out on the town,” Tiedeken said. “The $5 entry is a direct donation to our team. It helps us fund our travel expenses, since we only have one tournament that’s in town.”
The evening will have a cowboy theme, a play on the club’s nickname, the “Charging Heifers.”
In its fifth year of existence, the women’s rugby club relies heavily on donations. Aside from the Cow Pie Classic, held the second week of July in Steamboat, all its games are out of town. The players pay all travel costs, including gasoline, hotels and food, and more often than not, away tournaments are held in expensive locales, such as Vail and Jackson.
To Tiedeken, its important to keep costs low for players in order to get more women interested in the sport.
“Last year, we made around $1,200, and we are hoping to make a similar amount to sort of start the season off on a good foot and make sure we can make it to all the tournaments we have planned,” Tiedeken said. “It seems like we’ve had a lot of support building over the years, and it’s really nice to see people come out and be excited about our team and support us.”
The fundraiser will cap off a rugby-filled day in the Yampa Valley. The Steamboat Men’s Rugby Club is scheduled to open its season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Glenwood Springs at Whistler Park. The men’s team had been scheduled to host Breckenridge last weekend, but the match was canceled because Breckenridge wasn’t able to field a full team.
“It’s a really great day to go out and support the men’s team against Glenwood,” Tiedeken said. “Even though it’s a fundraiser, we just want it to be a really fun time. If the last five years have proven anything, it seems like it’s always a blast, and we look forward to it every year.”
The women’s team will officially open its season at the Tetons Tens Tournament on June 25 in Jackson, Wyoming.
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