Written by: Lia Armistead.
The Valdosta State Rugby Club is having a car wash Saturday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. in the Lucky’s parking lot off Baytree Rd. to raise money for their spring season.
According to Max Mundel, the team has been very successful in raising money from the car wash in the past. Last semester the club rose between $400 and $500 at a carwash. The proceeds went toward their travel funds.
The car wash is free, however, but the team will be accepting donations.
After going to the national championship for the first time and placing third out of over 200 teams from across the nation, the rugby team has high hopes for recruiting and bringing more awareness to the club.
According to Mundel, the team is always interested in new members, even if it is the first time playing, hence, the reason behind their saying “WE TRAIN, WE WIN.”
The team works out at the student rec center, which is where they find many of their new recruits. According to Mundel, it’s the most successful form of recruitment.
The team increases awareness through word of mouth and fundraisers, such as the car wash, that they put on once a semester in order to gain fans, players and funds for the season.
Most of the more experienced players started off playing rugby for the first time at VSU, so not knowing how to play is not an issue.
As a student-run organization, the VSU rugby club is a great way for students to meet new people and to learn a different kind of sport while helping the team make it back to the national championship for the second season in a row.