“DATE AUCTION” PUTS ALBANY RUGBY PLAYERS ON THE BLOCK – DEC 20

This December, the Albany Knickerbockers Rugby Football Club will be auctioning dates with 30 of their hottest players. The auction will raise funds to help with the added expenses of competing in their club, including their recently achieved Women's Division I status.

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Contact: Caitlin Casey, 518-573-9058 (media only)

“Date Auction” Puts Albany Rugby Players On the Block – Dec. 20

Albany Knickerbockers Rugby Football Club Raising Funds to Support D1 Classification

TROY, NY (11/27/12) — This December, the Albany Knickerbockers Rugby Football Club will be auctioning dates with 30 of their hottest players. The auction will raise funds to help with the added expenses of competing in their club, including their recently achieved Women’s Division I status.

Knickerbocker Rugby Club Date Auction Poster“D1 teams are usually only in bigger cities like New York or Boston,” said Director of Club Fundraising Caitlin Casey, 28, of Troy. “We’re putting Albany on the map because we’re doing so well.”

But success comes with a price. Casey says her club’s new level of professionalism requires them to travel farther afield to compete. “Before, our women used to travel to New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine to compete,” she said. “Now we’re going to places like Atlanta. Everything is more expensive — the travel, the union dues and equipment. A lot of our players are young professionals and college students, but they’re all dedicated athletes.”

Established in 1973, “The Knicks” are governed by the New England Rugby Union and USA Rugby. Currently, the club is comprised of a Men’s Division II (ages 18- 34), an active Old Boys’ side (ages 35 and up) and a Women’s Division I side (age 18 and up). In 2010, the women won the Division II National Championship Title and have since moved up to play competitively in Division I.

THE AUCTION

What: Date Auction with Albany Rugby Players (men and women)
Where: Brown’s Revolution Hall, Troy
When: Dec. 20, 2012, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $5 Entry, Cash Bar
Ages: 21 and up

The Auction is just one of many ways the club will be reaching out to the community for support. But while their goal may be serious, Ruggers are notorious for having a good time and this auction promises to be a wild night of fun.

Dates with 10 women’s players, 15 men, and 5 “Old Boys” will be on the auction block. Each player comes with a gift certificate-for-two from a local business, including dining, pottery classes and kayak rentals — all great to use for a date, Casey pointed out.

Some high bidders may just be interested in the gift certificate, said Auction Master of Ceremonies Erin Putnam, 28, of Troy. But they may find the rugger of their dreams.

“It’s better than finding dates of Craigslist,” Putnam said of the date auction, noting that Pure Elements of Western Ave. in Albany is donating makeovers for all female players and Men’s Wearhouse will be donating the evening’s attire for the men. “You’re gonna like they way they look.”

Sponsors include: Brown’s Brewing Co.; Men’s Wearhouse; Pure Elements; and DJ Jared Kingsley, who will be spinning the best beats of the 1980s, 90s and today during the evening. The auction costs $5 to enter for ages 21 and up. There will be a cash bar.

RUGBY MANIA COMING TO U.S.

Now that Rugby has been approved as an Olympic Sport for 2016 Casey expects a lot more enthusiasm for the game in the U.S.

“Everybody is going to want to play,” she said. “We’re one of the most successful rugby clubs in the Northeast. We are the Albany area club. And we need the community’s support to keep it up.”

PUBLICITY IMAGES

To download a high resolution publicity poster and images of select players, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/AlbanyKnicks.html

For information, visit: http://www.albanyknicks.org

Contact: Caitlin Casey, 518-573-9058 (media only)

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