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Rugger’s Edge & US Collegiate Development Camp partners Again



Rugger’s Edge & US Collegiate Development Camp partners again to promote Academic Excellence for Young Rugby Players


March 1, 2023—Hanover, NH: US Collegiate Development and The Rugger’s Edge will continue their ongoing partnership in 2023, once again partnering to assist young student-athletes from across the world in pursuing higher education while playing top-level collegiate rugby.


The extended collaboration follows the success of the USCD Boys Showcase Camp at Dartmouth College, which began in June 2014 and has run annually since in conjunction with The Rugger’s Edge. Due to the pandemic, Rugger’s Edge has not been able to attend, but owner and founder, Karen Fong Donoghue, is ecstatic to make the trip out to NH again!


The US Collegiate Development Camp is thrilled to continue our partnership with the Rugger’s Edge. Karen and the Rugger’s Edge have been instrumental in connecting rugby layers with top academic and athletic programs across the country and helping student-athletes navigate the admissions process. Every year we see the fruits of Karen’s labor as our campers go all across the country to different programs with the help and support of her advisement,” said Kyle Sumsion, USCD Camps Director and Head Coach of Dartmouth College Men’s Rugby.


During the day, campers develop their rugby skills under the tutelage of coaches from America’s top academic & rugby universities and staff from the High School & Collegiate All-American teams. In the afternoons and evenings, USCD campers will benefit from one-on-one advising sessions from Fong Donoghue and group academic presentations to prepare student-athletes for the college admissions process and what to expect once admitted.

The formula has proven highly effective, with many USCD graduates admitted to several of the country’s finest academic institutions and winningest collegiate rugby programs, including several Ivy League universities and schools with national championship-winning rugby teams alongside schools that now span across the country.


"It has been too long since I have had a chance to work with the amazing contingent of student-athletes who attend the US Collegiate Development camp. While zoom/remote meetings have become the norm, I know many students and families appreciate being able to meet in person. I can’t wait to continue working with US Collegiate Development and helping student-athletes prepare for life as collegiate athletes,” said Fong Donoghue.


"This camp holds a special place in my heart. It’s an opportunity to not only work alongside so many high-level coaches but also one of the only times I have to work with a large number of student-athletes over many days as opposed to many of my seminars which only allow me to meet with students for a very short amount of time." Rugger’s Edge will be there every step of the way to assist these campers in finding the best-fit college for them, both on and off the pitch.”


As in previous camps, The Rugger’s Edge will once again provide academic presentations aimed at preparing student-athletes for the collegiate experience, with topics including "Beginning the College Search: How to Find the Best College Match" and "How to Write A Winning College Essay.” A special seminar geared toward parents of campers will also occur on the last day of camp.


"As much as possible, we want all campers and families to be able to leave camp with not only the athletic tools to develop into fine collegiate players but also understand the critical steps they need to take in their overall academic planning to set them up for success with all of their college applications,” remarked Fong Donoghue.


US Collegiate Development hosts the 2023 Boys Showcase Camp June 27-30, 2023 at Dartmouth College. Top-up skill clinics will be available for added education. Registration details and additional information on the Boys Showcase camp can be found on the USCD website. To learn more about college admissions in relation to athletic recruiting for rugby, visit The Rugger’s Edge website. For press-related inquiries, please contact USCD Manager Kyle Sumsion, kyle.r.sumsion@dartmouth.edu


About US Collegiate Development & The Rugger's Edge


Launched in 2014, US Collegiate Development aims to develop productive relationships between athletes and their potential future coaches. USCD's programs evolved in response to a need for a more effective environment to assess, develop, and connect student-athletes with collegiate coaches. The USCD coaching staff's priority is to educate these student-athletes on US rugby opportunities at both the university and national age-grade levels.


The Rugger’s Edge works with the best colleges in the country to prepare material to help families find the perfect fit for their children. With an intimate knowledge of the landscape of US collegiate rugby and how athletic recruiting applies to college admissions, The Rugger’s Edge offers aspiring collegiate student-athletes sound advice to help reach the child’s goals and fulfill the family’s needs. Schedule your free 30-min consultation here.



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