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Chico State rugby must raise $39K due to lack of state funding for championship trip

The Chico State men's rugby team has won a bid to the national championship game in North Carolina, however, their trip may be in jeopardy due to lack of state funding.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 4:47 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2019 5:23 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State men's rugby team has won a bid to the national championship game in North Carolina, however, their trip may be in jeopardy due to lack of state funding. 

Chico State's team had a big victory on Sunday to bring them to the national title game. They are slated to play Dartmouth in Charlotte, N.C. on May 4. 

However, the team's funding for the trip has been cut due to state regulations. 

Head Coach Luke Bradbury said the team will be devastated if they don't get a chance to play. 

"It will crush them," he said. "We have worked through adversity this year, the Camp Fire in Paradise absolutely affected our play. It affected our club and it affected our community directly and indirectly. It would crush us. We have worked too hard this season, since August of last year, to not go to nationals. We deserve the opportunity and we have worked for the opportunity." 

California State University teams that compete in sports in North Carolina will not receive funding from the state because North Carolina is one of 10 states that does not allow for gender-neutral bathrooms, which goes against Assembly Bill 1887.

Chico State will be losing out on $39,000 in travel funds. 

The team is now raising money on its own and is asking for donations to help them reach the national title game. 

To donate, CLICK HERE

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