The dinner started off with kind words from Life Chiropractic College West’s Executive Vice President Anatole Bogatski and Athletic Director Adriaan Ferris. Both expressed their gratitude to their sponsors and supporters and talked about the early beginnings of the rugby program, the growing pains and recent successes.
Phillip H. Tagami, CEO of the California Commercial and Investment Group (CCIG) and a supporter of the program, hosted the festivities. Many Life West players, families and other supporters were at the event.
Players on both the women’s and men’s sides modeled the newly designed rugby kit and apparel for the crowd.
CCIG is the main sponsor of the kit and sub. Other sponsors are Standard Process, Oakland Bulk Overhead Terminal (OBOT), Oakland Global Rail Enterprise (OGRE), Erchonia, Rocktape and Life West Sports Performance Institute. Samurai Sportswear is the official kit supplier.
The kit has already seen some action, when the Men’s Division II side defeated the Vacaville Old Dog Rugby Club 53 – 0 at the University of California Maritime in Vallejo, California recently.
Fans will get to see the new rugby kits on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the season-opener of the Men’s Pacific Rugby Premiership, when they face off against crosstown rival San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club.
The two-time DI National Champions, the Life West Gladiatrix, take on Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in early February before the women head to Las Vegas to compete in the USA Rugby Sevens LVI Elite Division in Las Vegas.