Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
San Diego, CA – The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) rugby team has announced that its first ever OMBAC Rugby Military Appreciation Day (MAD) will take place at their home pitch, the Little Q, on Saturday, April 16, 2011 as OMBAC faces Southern California Division One opponent Santa Barbara.
“We’ve been kicking around the idea of saluting our military for a couple of years now,” said MAD co-chair, Glenn Irvine. “Over the years, many of OMBAC’s players served their country and with San Diego’s close ties to the military, it’s a perfect fit.”
Proceeds from OMBAC Rugby’s Military Appreciation Day will be donated equally to the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The day is shaping up to be a memorable one. OMBAC has received confirmation from the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, The Leap Frogs, that their 8-member team will be dropping out of the sky to deliver the game ball and the American flag. The U.S. Navy Color Guard will also be on site to present the Colors.
In addition, OMBAC has purchased a special camouflage set of jerseys for the occasion that will be auctioned off immediately following their A-side match. A raffle will be held throughout the day with prizes that will include signed commemorative leather rugby balls, Major League Baseball autographed baseballs and bats, an autographed basketball and poster donated by the “Admiral”, Hall of Fame basketball player David Robinson, gift certificates from area merchants, and much more.
OMBAC’s Southern California Division Three side kicks off the day with a match against a U.S. Combined Services Team at 11:30 am. That match will be immediately followed by OMBAC’s DI B-side vs Santa Barbara’s B-side before the premier match of the day which starts at 3:00 pm.
At halftime of the premier match, OMBAC will recognize those past and present players and club members who served their country.
Admission is $5 to the general public. Admission is free to active military and to all youth and high school players wearing their team jersey to the field.
For more information, contact Glenn Irvine at 858-366-8943 or firstname.lastname@example.org .