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Giving thanks

The San Francisco Fog RFC would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking back over the past eight years, we are truly grateful for our club’s continued success and good fortune both on and off the pitch.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fog Rugby!

SF Fog in Protest March - November 7

Members of the San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club participated in a grass-roots Protest March against the passage of Proposition 8 in California on the evening of Friday, November 7, 2008. The march started at the United Nations Plaza in downtown San Francisco, proceeded down Market Street and snaked through the Castro Neighborhood, ending up at Dolores Park.

The Fog appear in an iReport video produced by Fog videographer Sean Chapin covering the Protest March. The video has been shown in part on the GRITtv show as well as on the CNN cable news channel.

Fog Rugby stands united against Prop 8

(Nov. 5, 2008) This is a sad day for all Californians. The people of our state apparently voted in favor of discrimination, repealing a specific minority’s civil rights in yesterday’s election.

The Yes on Proposition 8 movement, primarily funded and staffed by out-of-state religious zealots, has been able to take away fundamental rights enumerated in the State Constitution.

Proposition 8 has never been about restoring the traditional definition of marriage. Instead, it strips a right from law-abiding, tax-paying, gay and lesbian couples. And contrary to the statements of the Yes on 8 supporters, domestic partnerships do not and have not enjoyed the same legal rights as married spouses.

Supporters of Proposition 8 said today that the constitutional amendment “takes effect at midnight tonight. Just as it was before the Supreme Court’s ruling, only marriage between a man and a woman will be valid or recognized in California, regardless of when or where performed.” We can only hope and work towards the goal that the courts protect the thousands of gay and lesbian marriages already performed.

This has been a hard-fought campaign but this is not the end.

The San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club asks you to stand with us and work to erase legalized discrimination, whether it occurs in employment, housing, marriage rights, or on the rugby pitch.

Fog Rugby Celebrates 8th Anniversary

(15 Oct 2008) Fog Rugby this week is celebrating its eighth anniversary of founding as the nation’s preeminent rugby club geared toward those traditionally under-represented in the sport.

The San Francisco Fog RFC was officially founded by Derrick Mickle, Cameron Geddes and Bryce Eberhart eight years ago on October 14, 2000, as the nation’s second gay-friendly rugby club (after the Washington DC Renegades). Nine players attended the first organized practice.

Fog Rugby is well known due in part to Mark Bingham, an early member of the club, who was aboard United flight 93 when it crashed in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Fog honored his life by creating the biennial Bingham Cup® rugby tournament, the international championship event for gay and gay-friendly teams.

The Fog has won the Bingham Cup® tournament twice, in 2002 and 2004. It has also introduced the sport to hundreds of newcomers through its developmental team, and has fielded a successful women’s side since 2006.

More information about the club’s first four years can be found in the history section of our website.

Fog Men Training Begins October 21

The San Francisco Fog Men’s Sides (both competitive and developmental) officially begin training for their upcoming season on Tuesday, October 21. Training sessions are Tuesday and Thursday evening of each week from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Fog’s home pitch on Treasure Island. These sessions are primarily for the men’s side but are open to all. Most Saturdays (except for holidays) are filled with rugby matches.

Whether you are new to the game of rugby or have played this exciting sport for years, now is the time to start training with the Fog!

Place: Treasure Island on the corner of Avenue D & 9th Street
Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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