National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) and Penn Mutual Announce Multi-Year Sponsorship Agreement

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Medford, NJ  May 29, 2015 – The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) today announced the sponsorship by Penn Mutual as the Top Sponsor of NSCRO.  The multi-year agreement begins this weekend with the NSCRO Men’s 7s national championship, taking place in conjunction with the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

The Penn Mutual sponsorship includes the four other national championships held by NSCRO through the year, including Men’s & Women’s 15’s and 7’s.

NSCRO is the home of rugby in the U.S. for small colleges, working to foster the growth and development of rugby for collegiate men and women. As of 2015, NSCRO represents nearly 40% of all colleges playing rugby in the U.S. with over 300 teams participating in local Unions and Conferences, competing for the NSCRO Small College National Championships.

“NSCRO has spent the last year focusing on strengthening the organization to become an even greater resource for the dedicated rugby administrators, current players and coaches, as well as fans and alumni,” said Stephen Cohen, President of NSCRO.  “We are thrilled by the new partnership with Penn Mutual as NSCRO’s Top Sponsor, allowing NSCRO to continue to grow and support the small college rugby community. The partnership with Penn Mutual transcends beyond the rugby pitch with our shared values, together looking not only to develop quality players on the field, but to foster excellence in the individuals and schools off of the field as well. We are excited by Penn Mutual’s passion for rugby and commitment to NSCRO, and look forward to working together to support the next generation of American leaders, who are currently playing rugby at the small college level.”

“Our Top Sponsorship of NSCRO deepens our already strong connection with the growing and loyal rugby community,” said Eileen McDonnell, Penn Mutual’s Chairman, President & CEO.  “We are less than a year into our relationship with rugby, and we are thrilled by the reception we’ve received.  We want to help grow this amazing sport in America, and our partnership with NSCRO will help do that.  Our partnership will also help us reach many of the best and brightest men and women student athletes at small colleges with the Penn Mutual story, the career opportunities we offer across the country, and how the power of life insurance can help them get off to a good financial start in life.”

Rugby is the newest Olympic sport starting in Rio 2016, and has been identified as “the fastest growing sport in America” by many, including America’s Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association and Bloomberg, which cites that “Participation in rugby grew 81 percent” between 2008-2013.

Penn Mutual is one of the largest and oldest life insurance companies in America, first established in Philadelphia in 1847.  With its first rugby sponsorship in 2014, Penn Mutual has fast become a major player supporting the development of rugby in America.

About The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Since 1847, Penn Mutual has been driven by our noble purpose to create a world of possibilities.  At the heart of this purpose is the belief that purchasing life insurance is the most protective, responsible and rewarding action a person can take, and is central to a sound financial plan. The company is committed to helping families unlock life’s possibilities through life insurance and annuity solutions. This is accomplished through a national network of financial professionals, who help clients make great things possible. Penn Mutual supports its field representatives with brokerage services through Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc., Registered Investment Advisor and wholly owned subsidiary. Member FINRA/SIPC. Visit Penn Mutual on the Internet at http://www.pennmutual.com/.

About National Small College Rugby Organization
The National Small College Rugby Organization was formed in 2007 to organize the Division 3 and Division 4 college rugby national playoff system which has become a vital part in developing collegiate rugby in the U.S. NSCRO also devotes its time and energy in working with every collegiate organization providing advice and ideas for growth and improvement.

There are currently over 210 men’s and over 80 women’s teams participating in local Unions and Conferences with their eye on the prize of the NSCRO Small College National Championship. This represents nearly 40% of all colleges playing rugby in the U.S.  In 2013, NSCRO was recognized by USA Rugby as an independent organization, sharing similar goals for bettering the collegiate rugby experience.

Our goals are simple:

  • Foster the growth and development of men and women’s small college rugby in the United States.
  • Provide top-level competition and promote high-level sportsmanship on and off the field.
  • Be a resource for small college rugby players, coaches, trainers and staff; and, offer a sense of community for NSCRO members.

To find out how your team can become a member and participate in NSCRO’s playoffs, contact us at president@nscro.org.

For more information, visit www.nscro.org and follow us @nscrorugby on Twitter and onfacebook.com/nscrorugby.

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