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About the MWRDF

The Midwest Rugby Development Foundation (MWRDF) was founded in 1996 to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to foster national and international amateur competition in the sport of rugby. The MWRDF invests in and builds the rugby community with the operating principles of growth, development, and advancement. Our fundraising efforts extend from events to an endowment and all funds raised go to accomplishing our stated mission. In addition, the MWRDF provides community, information, and support to players, clubs, and families throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.


Our Mission

Our mission is to support and grow the Greater Cincinnati rugby community.


Our Vision

Our vision is to provide world-class facilities, training, leadership, and financial support to youth, high school, collegiate rugby, and beyond, for men and women throughout the Midwest.


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to establish a legacy of financial support and create opportunities to participate in the rugby community.

Investing Rugby

As a 501c3 non-profit foundation, the MWRDF relies on investment from individuals, groups, and corporations to help accomplish our mission. Investments can be made by volunteering time at events, taking a leadership role, or via a financial contribution. No matter how you choose to invest, your time, money, and effort will go to a great cause benefiting amateur rugby throughout Greater Cincinnati.

Building Rugby

To build a significant structure, you must first have a strong foundation to build upon. This is the approach that the MWRDF takes to the growth of rugby throughout the region. The MWRDF builds this foundation by providing world class rugby fields for practice and games, scholarships for ruggers traveling nationally and internationally, coaching clinics, and by providing balls, jerseys, and equipment to clubs throughout the region.


MWRDF by the Numbers

$ Distributed

Clubs Supported

Players Impacted

Years Combined Experience


As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the MWRDF raises funds through several different methods including individual donations, corporate sponsorships, community efforts with Kroger Rewards & Amazon Smile, raffles for well known high-end prizes, and events such as the annual euchre tournament. 

MWRDF Impact

The Foundation creates oportunities for our club to better develop our players and program. They've created avenues for our players to play oversees, graduate to select-sides, and more. The grounds and equipment they provide are best-in-class and the whole region benefits.

Mark Heidrich

Director of Rugby, UCRFC

The MWRDF has sky-rocketed Rookie Rugby in Cincinnati. The team has a long-term vision, and focusing on the kids is a great way to work toward that vision. Their support has had a huge impact for us.

Nick Lauterbach

President, Rookie Rugby Cincinnati

The Midwest Rugby Foundation works closely with us and our Grayhounds - that said, I want to be clear, there is a clear distinction between the two organizations. They support us with the Brimelow Fields (for us and all the clubs around), equipment, and more. Us here at CRFC are appreciative for all the the MWRDF does for the rugby community.

Justin Forgash

President, CRFC

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Mailing Address

1659 Collinspark Ct.
Cincinnati, OH 45230

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(513) 822-5424
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