Obama signs Matthew Shepard Act

President Obama today signed the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. The law is named after Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student tortured and killed because he was gay, and James Byrd, a black man lynched by white supremacists.

The Matthew Shepard-James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence, where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The San Francisco Fog R.F.C. stands united in working towards a future in which such acts never occur.

In the first video below, Matthew Shepard’s mother, Judy Shepard, speaks about her son’s life. The second video recounts James Byrd’s murder and its aftermath.

Fog Men's and Women's matches on Halloween!

The Men of the San Francisco Fog will play in a round-robin day of rugby on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st.

The Fog will be joined by Berkeley RFC and the San Bruno Saints in round-robin play, with multiple sides from Berkeley and the Fog taking part. The day will include a total of six 40-minute games at the Fog Rugby pitch on Treasure Island with first kickoff at 11am.

Also on Saturday, the Fog Women will travel to Palo Alto to take part in the annual Stanford 10s Tournament. The tournament takes place at Stanford’s Steuber Rugby Stadium and begins bright and early at 7:45am.

Training for both the Fog Men and Fog Women continues every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Fog Friday Beer Bust! - Oct 16 @ 6pm

This Friday, October 16, join the men and women of Fog Rugby at the LookOut Bar in the Castro to enjoy all the Budweiser beer you can drink from 6pm to 9pm for only $10!

Be sure to check out the selection of Fog Rugby T-shirts and hats on sale that night. We’ll also be raffling off exciting prizes throughout the evening.

Come on out, unwind after a hard work-week, and enjoy a beer with the men and women of Fog Rugby.

Place: LookOut Bar (corner of 16th and Market Streets, San Francisco)
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Sevens Reaching Out at Truck - Oct 14

Rugby Sevens has been added as an Olympic Sport! Fog Rugby will be celebrating this recent development and holding an informational event for sevens rugby on Wednesday, Oct 14, 7:30pm at Truck.

Come learn the game and see what the buzz is about. See all of the action, hard work and fast pace of one of the most physically demanding team sports in the Olympics. You will get sucked into the game, and feel the excitement as the teams score try after try!

Truck is located at the corner of 15th and Folsom Streets in San Francisco (website / map & directions).

Fog Women finish the 2009 season

After securing a solid victory in Tempe, Arizona, this past weekend, the Fog Women finished fifth overall in West Coast Division I. The Fog beat Tempe 35-24 to edge out the same team in the final rankings, only narrowly missing the D1 playoffs. The club at large is proud of such a strong showing for the women in only their fourth season as a team.

The Fog Women will continue to play on into the post-season with tournaments and scrimmages.