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Park District wins rugby and soccer program grants

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Naperville Park District volunteer coaches have won grants for rugby and soccer programs. Read the full press release below:

Two of the Naperville Park District’s volunteer coaches applied for grants this fall to support the District’s athletics programs and both won grants that will benefit the sports that they coach.

John Dvorak, coaching a kindergarten girls team that practices at Winding Creek Park, asked Canadian National Railway for a grant to support the Park District’s youth soccer program.  Canadian National recently informed the Park District that they will award a grant of $500.

“We are grateful for this grant, which will go toward purchasing new nets and goals for the Naperville Youth Soccer program,” said Program Manager Brock Atwell.

News about the second grant came in the mail recently, as the Park District received a box of eight new rugby balls valued at approximately $300 total. The balls came through an equipment grant from the U.S. Rugby Football Foundation. Park District volunteer rugby coach Elliot Hershik had applied for the grant, which will support the District’s rugby training programs and camps.

“Rugby is catching on in Naperville,” said Program Manager Gary Foiles. “We run training programs in the winter for middle school students so that they will be ready to join a local rugby travel club in the spring. Additionally, the sport is becoming popular with girls and with children in the upper elementary grades.  The District offers a rugby camp for elementary age children and will introduce a girls rugby program this winter,” he said.

  “Grants of any size are appreciated and enable the Park District to provide more for the community while keeping costs down,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “We value all of our volunteers who give generously of their time and in this case, have reached out in creative ways to make our programs even better,” he said.

To learn more about the Naperville Park District and it programs and facilities, please visit www.napervilleparks.org.

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