The women’s rugby team at Carleton is now in its 11th year as a varsity program. This season, the team achieved a bronze medal for the second year in a row in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), making program history. The team continues to work hard in a post-pandemic world, and because of their dedication, they continue to rise as the greatest team in USports Rugby.

As the Ravens head into their off-season training, they will continue to train multiple times a week in the gym and on the indoor pitch, as well as compete in 7s tournaments over the winter to improve their skills. With an overwhelming response to last year’s campaign, the team’s goal is to continue to push the mark and raise $25,000 in this year’s campaign to buy crash pads and to save for much-needed team room renovations. 

Outside of rugby, the team strives to make a positive impact in the Ottawa community and beyond. The players use the team room to plan all of their philanthropic initiatives: from breast cancer awareness to holiday fundraisers and more, the team is constantly thinking of ways to give back to the community that has given them so much.

The Background

We’re looking for your contribution to support the future of varsity women’s rugby at Carleton University. On top of year-round rugby training, team members are full-time students and have part-time work and volunteer positions in the community. Our student-athletes are extremely dedicated and determined to improve individual and team skills throughout the off-season and leading into next year

With a growing network of young alumni, the team relies on the generous support of family, friends, and community donors. With your support, we can ensure that the team meets their objective of buying much-needed equipment and renovating the team room, allowing them to perform at their best while worrying a little less about finances. 

The Rollout

Last year, the funds raised went towards new alternative jerseys and small improvements to the team room. This year, funds raised through the campaign will go towards purchasing crash pads as well as larger team room renovations. Since the inception of the program in 2012, the change room has remained the same, with 18 lockers and 35 players. Your support is an investment for not only the Rugby program, but for the student-athletes who help to spread Ravens pride both on and off the field.

The Impact

By supporting our cause, you’re helping to increase team morale for our student-athletes to pursue academic, athletic, and community endeavours as Ravens.

Rachel Getz, a fifth-year student, and leader on the team, describes the impact of what the renovations will bring to the space. “The team room has been a vital part of the team’s identity and culture since 2012, and your donations will support future generations of Ravens rugby athletes. As the program develops, we need a bigger locker room to fulfill our needs, as the current team room does not support the goals and missions that the team has. Not only will your generosity allow us to continue to build the culture that our current Ravens wish to see, but it will help us to maintain the culture that our alumni have worked so hard to maintain. The team room is more than just a spot to review the film and to get ready for games; it’s an inclusive place for bonding and connecting, and is where I feel safe. It’s the scene of many dance sessions and fun and a place where we plan philanthropic initiatives and study. Donating to this year’s FutureFunder campaign will allow us to create a more comfortable, accessible, and welcoming space for our athletes, where teammates won’t have to fight for space or share lockers. These renovations will make a huge impact in continuing to make the program grow.”

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