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Third Century Plan

Trustee emeritus Chase Carey ’76 and his family have made a generous $1 million gift to support the University’s club rugby program.

Chase Carey (2nd from right) and other 1970's old boys at the inaugural Winter Social at the Union League Club

Founded in 1966, rugby is one of 27 club sports offered at Colgate and provides students with the opportunity to participate in athletics and formal teams without the intensive time commitment of a collegiate varsity program. Over 70 students compete for the University as part of men’s and women’s teams in both 15-a-side and seven-a-side rugby.


“The Carey family’s generous support has helped provide stability and will allow our program to continue to develop,” says David Chapman, director of Colgate rugby. “Support from our alumni network allows rugby to operate in a more self-sufficient way and offsets costs students participating in club sports typically face – such as travel and lodging. Their continued generosity allows our student-athletes to perform and compete at the highest level.”


Colgate’s men’s and women’s rugby teams compete in the National Collegiate Rugby Organization (NCR). The men’s side has twice played in the conference championship match since being elevated to Division I in 2014. Established in 1979, the women’s side has developed into one of the nation’s premier programs, winning the 2017 NCR 7s national championship while also capturing a conference title in six of the last nine seasons.


In addition to a full slate of men’s and women’s 15s matches each fall and 7s competition during the spring season, Colgate rugby runs a developmental league for less-experienced players. The program has also benefited from previous trips to Ireland and the United Kingdom to train with European clubs.


“The Colgate Rugby Club has a long and proud history,” says Carey “The club has provided generations of student athletes the opportunity to enjoy first class club sport competition and build lifelong friendships. We are excited to be able to support the continued growth and success of rugby at Colgate.”


Carey, a long-time supporter and Colgate rugby alumnus, established the Carey Family Endowment for the Enhancement of Colgate Rugby in 2005. Carey’s previous efforts provided discretionary support for the program with funds used for coaching compensation; uniforms; and domestic and international travel for competitions and training. Carey’s latest commitment will continue to provide operational and capital support for the program.

Chase Carey-first recipient of the Colgate Rugby Alliance Cup in recognition of his contributions to the program

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