TRF CEO Phil Klevorick pays tribute to Foundation supportand advocate Maggie Rouse who sadly passed away suddenly on Friday 18 August
Maggie was a long time supporter of TheFoundation since its inception with a clear passion for youth development
for both referees and players.
Remembering Maggie, Phil commented, “As a Director forUSA Youth and High School, we often worked together on strategy to "Grow
the Game' particularly for the youth who do not have direct access to the sport
of rugby. “
"Maggie and I became close friends and colleaguesover the last five or so years, in particular at the many events where we worked together includingthe Texas State Championships, CRCs in NOLA, NAI7s in Salt Lake City to name a
few, but my fondest memory of Maggie was her unwavering support and enthusiasm when TRF activated the Rugby Supports programfor those impacted by Hurricane Ida.”
“Maggie raced to make the right connections within the SouthernLouisiana rugby community to help create our support network who then use the ‘rugby
family’ to distribute supplies directly into the community. I will miss her
enthusiasm and her hard work on our projects, especially those dedicated to
develop youth rugby across America and especially within Texas.”
As a US Navy Veteran, Maggie was also deeply embedded in our Salute2Services programme supporting armed and emergency service personnel through rugby and was a key supporter of the programme during Police Week in Katy, Texas.
Maggie and her husband Kip could often be found onroadtrips with their own children who were usually playing and, or refereeing rugby,
in their HUGE Expedition. Phil continued “They were such wonderful people who
supported rugby wherever and however they could. Without a doubt Maggie led the charge with a shriekof 'we are going!' and that was that, they went.”
Maggie was most recently involved with the DisciplineCommittee and USYHS representative at the NAI7s in SLC.
Our condolences go out to the entire Rouse family. WE hope Kip, Elliott, Lane et al
know we are thinking of them and send our respect to them all. A fundraising page has been set up by the Wolfpack where Maggie was a keen coach, the page can be found here