Thunderbird Rugby Football Club

Thunderbird Rugby Football Club - Alumni and Current Students. Also referred to as the "Old Boys".

The Thunderbird Rugby Football Club was founded in 1976 and has become one of the oldest, best known clubs on the Thunderbird School of Global Management campus. The ‘Old Boys’ began when the club founders returned to campus in 1983 to play the student rugby club in an annual event known as “RAW” (Rugby Alumni Weekend). has become an honored tradition, being played the first weekend in March
every

Operating as usual

03/07/2024

TARA People:

RAW '24 is March 14-17!
If you haven't RSVP'd, please do so to me and I'll send you the RAW schedule.
I want to be sure we have enough room for everyone!

Tour Scholarships:
We have four $1,500 student player "scholarships" to introduce students to the glories of touring!
If you'd like to create another, please contact me. It could be an individual or group pooling funds.
([email protected])

Tour Sponsorships:
We do need corporate sponsorships to help defray tour gear costs for jerseys, etc.
$2,000 (Gold Level) gets your logo on the Jersey front, on the back of the tour t-shirt, and in the Tour program.

$1,500 (Silver Level) gets your logo on the Jersey back, on the back of the tour t-shirt, and in the Tour program.

$500 (Bronze Level) gets your logo on the back of the tour t-shirt, and in the Tour program.

Injured Reserve Sponsorships:
$100 gets you a tour t-shirt and your name in the Tour Program.
(PayPal $100 to '[email protected]' along with your size and shipping address)

Join me in continuing the grand tradition that is Thunderbird Rugby!

Regards,

Chuck Hamilton '91
President
Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association

01/21/2024

RAW ‘24 Attendees so far:
Pat Smith
Mike Lee
C.Campbell
Koops
Darren Johnson
Brad Steinmetz
Taylor M
Jim Hayes
Greybeard
Heidi Saunders
Jens Rosmus
Dave Baerveldt
David Sas
Luis Vidal
Greg Cohen
Bill McColl

If you’re coming, let me know.
We need to confirm appropriate space for events!

Chuck

05/11/2023

REMINDER:

Old Boys Tour 2024:
St. John’s, Newfoundland & St. Pierre, June ‘24
5 nights
2 matches

Arrival day
match day
travel day
match day
farewell party day

$1,500/head w/o airfare or kit.
Working on the exact dates with our hosts. We’d all meet in either Toronto or Montreal for the flight to St. John’s.

I’m collecting names now, so get on board!

The in-country cost of this tour is roughly $1,000 LESS than the Casablanca-Gibraltar tour.
Our goal is a 22-man playing roster, with plenty of room for guests and support staff, as always.

Please reach out to be placed on the “Interested” list.

Regards,
Chuck Hamilton ‘91
President, TARA
[email protected]

04/22/2023

Sam Rosenbalm ‘95, has passed away after a 6-year cancer battle.

03/28/2023

TARA People:

RAW ‘23 was a success! More than 25 old boys showed up on the weekend to support the growth of Thunderbird Rugby. The Pandemic had decimated student clubs across the Thunderbird campus, but spirits are high for the continued growth of the rugby club.

More than $1,300 were raised at the Banquet/Auction, led once again by the charismatic Pat Shields.

The local Old Boys are excited to support the student club: Nick Penna and Heidi Saunders are leading that effort.

The Duke MBA tournament seems to be much scaled back, with a much smaller turnout of clubs and the fact it appears Stern is running it now.

To that, Ralph Holmes ‘98 has offered a $1,500 “Student Tour Scholarship” to support a worthy student player to join the Old Boy tour of Newfoundland and St. Pierre in June 2024.

This being such a great idea, Bill McColl ‘86 has agreed to sponsor a second scholarship, and we’ve decided on a goal of 4 “student tour scholarships” for this awesome tour.
We are looking for two more alumni sponsors to complete this goal. We will also accept a “team” sponsor, if for example several teammates from a particular year want to pool together to provide a “tour scholarship”.

Please reach out if you’re interested in supporting this.

Early calculations…
Old Boys Tour 2024:
St. John’s, Newfoundland & St. Pierre, June ‘24
5 nights
2 matches

Arrival day
match day
travel day
match day
farewell party day

$1,500/head w/o airfare or kit.
Working on the exact dates with our hosts. We’d all meet in either Toronto or Montreal for the flight to St. John’s.

I’m collecting names now, so get on board!

The in-country cost of this tour is roughly $1,000 LESS than the Casablanca-Gibraltar tour.
Our goal is a 22-man playing roster, with plenty of room for guests and support staff, as always.

Please reach out to be placed on the “Interested” list.

Regards,
Chuck Hamilton ‘91
President, TARA
[email protected]

02/28/2023

TARA People)

Thursday, March 2, 7 PM at the Pub:

Our usual, informal Pub Night.

Please wear a Thunderbird Rugby T-shirt, old boy jersey, or Tour jersey. Be ready to talk up the advantages of being a member of the Thunderbird Rugby club to the general student body.
Kind of like fraternity Rush in your undergraduate days. The pandemic Has caused a sort of reboot of the rugby team, and the current student body needs to understand the advantages and privileges of rugby club participation.

Friday, March 3 student club alumni mixer at the pub, 7 PM

After a day of golf, or spring baseball, make your way to the Pub for our traditional student club old boy mixer. Be ready for speed networking, so find your way to the back of the bar where the rugby booth is located. As in the past, the alumni form large circle facing in with a student club inside that circle facing out. Every three minutes the students will move one step to the left to network with the next alum.

Saturday, March 4 1pm,
Rugby match

Sueno Park, soccer field
4401 W Encanto Blvd
Phoenix AZ 85035
(13 min drive west of Thunderbird SGM)

We have a beer permit!

Saturday, March 4, 7:30pm

Rugby Banquet/Auction
Cornish Pasty, lower level
7 W Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Pay as you go/order by table.
Eat, drink, revel in awards, and bid on hot Rugby swag!

11/23/2022

RAW 2023 will be the weekend of March 3, so start making your plans!

This year’s T-shirt will read, in English,
“I’m not old;
I just have
lots of
stories”

$20/ each if collecting on campus, $25 if I need to ship stateside.

Early calculations…
Old Boys Tour 2024:
St. John’s, Newfoundland & St. Pierre, June ‘24
5 nights
2 matches

Arrival day
match day
travel day
match day
farewell party day

$1,500/head w/o airfare or kit.
Working on the exact dates with our hosts. We’d all meet in either Toronto or Montreal for the flight to St. John’s.

I’m collecting names now, so get on board!

10/13/2022

Kick off in Gibraltar!

08/04/2022

Tbirds:
The “injured reserve sponsorship” cut off date is August 20. Please get your orders in before that time.

$100 gets you a tour t-shirt, your name on the club website and in the tour program. This sponsorship helps defray the cost of gear for the tour.

Send your size & shipping address to me via PayPal: [email protected]
Or Venmo: -Hamilton-2

DM me or via email: [email protected]

07/20/2022

Thunderbirds!

I’m still looking for a couple more “Bronze Level” sponsors for the Casablanca-Gibraltar tour.

$500 puts your logo on our tour t-Shirt and on the club website.

Roughly 100 shirts will be spread across the US/Europe/North Africa and Asia. What’s not to love?!

DM me or via email: [email protected]

Thanks,
Chuck Hamilton

12/13/2021

Guys!

Putting together an order of our custom, classic Old Boy jerseys (cotton, short sleeve, embroidered logo, number on the back).
These custom jerseys will be $100 + shipping.

We are currently at 31 Jersey requests,
And in order to secure this price, we need minimum 24 paid, through a team store. I’m not in a position to guarantee purchasing any shortfalls, so:

If you aren’t already on board (separate email sent this morning to those people) and want to get one, email me at:

[email protected]

11/16/2021
08/25/2021

Thunderbird Old Boys,

We’ve lost another.
Ed Decker passed away yesterday from liver cancer complications. He was a 1%er, having already beaten pancreatic cancer.
One of the first players I met when I arrived in Glendale in ‘89. Eager to play and ready to go. Always. For decades he’s been the Rangemaster for our RAW s***t events at Ben Avery north of Phoenix.
Ed made the first 4 Old Boy tours: Cuba ‘03, Argentina ‘05, Iceland ‘11, and Croatia-Montenegro ‘13.
Ed had a story for every occasion, and always left you laughing.

So keep him in your thoughts, and give a call to an old teammate tonight. There’s no time like the present to reconnect.

08/16/2021

Hey!

We have reached more than 60 Rugby Alumni returning to the new campus!
Let's make it 100+!
RSVP to me if you are attending. We need an accurate headcount for our Friday night mixer with the student club and our Rugby banquet/auction on Saturday!

Plenty of great gear on auction, including HK Potbellied Pigs merch!

Don't forget to order your RAW 2021 t-shirt ($20) and Old Boy baseball cap ($30)
via PayPal to: '[email protected]'

Schedule:

11/4: Pub Night
11/5: Ben Avery S***t, Golf, Old Boy-Student team mixer
11/6: Rugby Match, Rugby Banquet/Auction

October 2022 Old Boy Tour of Casablanca-Gibraltar!

Contact me for details!

06/12/2021

If you are coming to RAW 2021, this November 4-7, please DM me your RSVP.
The expected alumni turn out is 5000. We need to have a good rugby Old Boy showing, playing or not!
We have a banquet to arrange so we need to know what our headcount will be to book the right venue.

I hope to see you all in attendance!

04/06/2021

Things are moving fast as we approach the April 8 deadline, so if you don't see your name below, write back to me!

If you don't see your buddies, write/call them!

Nikhil Agarwal
Colin Agnew
Edward Alazraqui
Charlene Arguello
Taylor Ayers
Dawson Beattie
Anthony Beckham
Michael Bendy
Pat Besird
Rich Bonaccorsi
Jen Budurka
Felipe Calderon
Martin and Ilene Decker
Michael Dolan
Jackie Donaldson
Patrick Doyle
Samuel Drennen
Marcell Easter
Daniel Edwards
David Eiler
James Emslie
Guy Enderle
Paul Evans
Erich Friess
Kenneth George
Amanda Gonzales
Susana Gonzalez
Zazil Gonzalez
Travis Goulding
Andrew Gourlay
Matthew Gregg
sharron halpert
Craig Hammond
Charlotte Hanley-Jacobson
Matt Hardwick
Jim Hayes
Matthew Hebb
Albert Herbst
Anali Herrerias
James Hershey
Lily Higman
Jeff Homayouni
Kyle Hutchin
mark jackson
Mel Jackson
Bryce Jahner
Darren Johnson
Thomas Joski
Rich Kennedy
NAUSHER KHAN
Manabu Kikuchi
Henrik Lauritzsen
Kevin Lilly
John Lubin
Monte Luzadder
David Macaulay
Michael Magers
Gael Marchal
Rob Mason
Stewart Mattson
William McColl
Matthew McConaty
John McElwain
Pat McRae
Scott Mercer
Taylor Miller
Alex Mirkow
David Mockenstum
Priya Mohapatra
Stephen Montgomery
Michael Mulcahy
Kurt Neubauer
John Ogden
Kathleen ONeill
Belen Ortiz
Charles Peake
John Pike
Donald Pipes
J Raymond Plummer
Larry (Pope) Rogers
Adrian Popescu
Arnoldo Porras
Kurt Powell
Steven Preator
John Proctor
John Qua
Douglas Raff
walter rapp
Sricharan Ravindran
Travis Richardson
Betsi Roach
David Roman
Marcelo Romero
Jens Rosmus
Michelle Runge
Jennifer Rush Burdurka
Michael Ryan
Scott Ryley
Michelle Sanchez
David Sas
Heidi Saunders
Melissa Schlee
John Schuldt
Sarah Seeland Altman
Brian Shaifer
Peter Sheehy
Anthony Shibley
Morgan Siegal
Howard Silverman
QUINTON SINGLETON
Scot Smythe
Jay Stahlman
Scott Stallwood
SCOTT STALLWOOD
Frank Stephenson
Patrick Stewart
Christina Suarez
Therapong Suebvattana
Toshiyuki Suemune
Juan Carlos Taboada
Katsuo Takeda
Wells Thomas
Ryan Timms
Linda Tsang
Theo van Lingen
Anthony Veltri
Michael Vexler
Luis Vidal
DANIELLE VOSS
Raymond Wang
nathan weber
Cynthia Weiner
Dray Williams
Chris Willis
Mark Wuscher

Thunderbird Alumni Fund for the Pub 03/16/2021

TARA People!

We hit 50 donors on our way to the $5,000 anonymous donation.

Our anonymous donor has agreed to extend the deadline to April 8, Thunderbird founders day!

So please, if you’ve donated, call all your old teammates and get them on board with the donation!  The size of the donation doesn’t matter.

If you haven’t donated, please do. We want to make the Thunderbird Old Boys the top donating chapter out of all of Thunderbird.
Show everybody what the pub means to us!

The link to donate:

thunderbird.asu.edu/atoasttotbird

"Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Chapter" for the designated chapter on the online form.

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03/05/2021

Guys:
Starting to take prepaid orders for the RAW 2021 t-shirt in support of the student club.
$20 delivery at RAW
$25 if I have to ship it stateside.

PayPal to ‘[email protected]

Include your size and shipping address.

Some proceeds will go to purchasing sweet HK potbelly pigs swag for the Rugby auction to raise even more cheddar!

This year, the shirt is in Russian and says,
“Time is the poison we all drink”

02/26/2021

We’ve hit 25 of the needed 100 donors for the $5,000 anonymous match.

Please reach out today to your old teammates! Get them onboard and get them to attend RAW/Campus Dedication, November 4-7!

Let’s have a YUGE rugby turnout!

Thunderbird Alumni Fund for the Pub 02/24/2021

We’ve hit 22 of our goal of 100 new donors by March 15!

Donors: please call 3 teammates and get them onboard to donate! We can meet this challenge!

The link to donate:

thunderbird.asu.edu/atoasttotbird

"Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Chapter" for the designated chapter on the online form.

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Thunderbird Alumni Fund for the Pub 02/10/2021

TARA People:

Big news!

We have an anonymous donor willing to give $5,000 toward the Old Boys’ Pub Fund efforts IF WE GET 100 NEW Old Boy donations by March 15!
Give what you can!

We’re so, SO close to our first goal of a rugby Chapter-etched window in the new Pub!
Be a part of the effort to make the Rugby Alumni legacy the irrefutable champions of pub fundraising by pitching in today using the link below.

We still have a long way to go to reach our overall goal of surpassing the Japan Chapter(we can do it!), and we have 1,100 OB members to hear from.

A hearty “Thank You” to our generous donors! Your help will leave a ‘Rugby’ mark on the new Pub.

TARA NEEDS YOUR HELP
Can I ask one non-monetary favor?
Please call all your old teammates and get them on board for $100 or more. If things are tight for them, any amount is appreciated. The Pub Fund page even has a way to do monthly transfers if people want to spread it out.

Goal #2:
Recreate the Rugby Mural from the shed!

Goal #3:
A new trophy case to display our wares to all Pub visitors!

Let’s make sure “Thunderbird Rugby” is front and center in the new Pub!

The link to donate:

thunderbird.asu.edu/atoasttotbird

"Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Chapter" for the designated chapter on the online form.

RAW ‘21, November 4-7!
Coming sooner than you think. If you’re already in, (playing or not) let me know so we can keep an accurate headcount for the Rugby banquet and other festivities!

Casablanca-Gibraltar Tour, October’22

Get onboard! This will be as memorable as all past tours!
Players and groupies welcome! send me your names!
I don’t have a price yet, but start saving now for an unforgettable tour!

Tbird Womens' Rugby
The club is off to a strong start with 6 women training with Phoenix as their B side!

Questions, comments - Reach out to me!

Regards,

Chuck
73-383-5987

Sent from my '72 VW Beetle

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Thunderbird Alumni Fund for the Pub 02/03/2021

TARA People:

We’ve passed the $7,200 mark with 40 OB donors!

We still have a long way to go to reach our goal of surpassing the Japan Chapter(we can do it!), and we have 1,100 OB members to hear from.

A hearty “Thank You” to our generous donors! Your help will leave a ‘Rugby’ mark on the new Pub.

Can I ask one non-monetary favor?
Please call all your old teammates and get them on board for $100 or more. If things are tight for them, any amount is appreciated. The Pub Fund page even has a way to do monthly transfers if people want to spread it out.

If we all pitch in, we can get a window etched for our chapter, recreate the Rugby Mural from the shed, and a new trophy case to display our wares to all Pub visitors!

Let’s make sure “Thunderbird Rugby” is front and center in the new Pub!

The link to donate:

thunderbird.asu.edu/atoasttotbird

"Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Chapter" for the designated chapter on the online form.

Thunderbird Alumni Fund for the Pub Arizona State University, Thunderbird Alumni Fund for the Pub - Make a Gift today!

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