About Try Line Rugby Charities
What is Tryline Charities?
Tryline Charities was founded by Bruce Lesniak in 2010 as a way to help rugby grow and to assist the families of rugby players who incurred serious injuries or death. A long-time rugger, Bruce saw an opportunity to help the sport he loves build a stronger community. Tryline attempts to build corporate sponsorships to raise money to pay for a number of endeavors to accomplish this.
Who Does Tryline Support?
While extremely rare, deaths can occur from sports injuries, and unfortunately that happened on April 3rd, 2010, when Phillipe 'Fiji' Leka died from a severe neck injury. The rugby club Leka played for helped the family pay to have Leka's body flown back to Fiji for final resting. Tryline would like to support that effort and in similar efforts in the future. Serious injuries can leave families without a provider, and Tryline attempts to create college funds for children left in this situation.
As a long-term goal, Tryline seeks to spread interest in rugby across the state of Wisconsin, developing youth leagues, supporting coaches, building playing fields and other facilities and creating a presence in the inner city.
Why Should I Support Rugby?
Each rugby club is a community of players who would do anything for their teammate. Players understand their role and that the success of the team depends on everyone doing their share. The support systems don't end on the field. Once a player has given his or her all on the field to support their teammate, their teammates reciprocate off the field. Friendships are created and the community grows stronger.