Supporter: Jim McMillan
The word Ethos has a mystic feel to it. Definiton>>"The character or disposition of a community, group or persons, etc." Very few of us arrive at Clemson with knowledge of rugby and much less awareness of the rugby team spirit. My first impression was that BOTH teams on the pitch for a competitive match were a single unit fulfilling the drive that the individuals bring to the game. During the game all players on both teams having an equal ability to contribute to the outcome of the game. Very few team sports have this characteristic. Thus, all participants are integral to the motion and excitement generated from the sound of the first whistle in the game! Competitive contact sports quickly demarcate those willing to put it on the line during a game. Rugby has the largest number of participants/team in the action of play for any contact sport. Rugby allows a broad spectrum of body types of players to be bound together as a unit. The result creates a fantastic feeling full of the electric sensation from rugby's energy generated from the continuous flow of play.
"Now, with the growth of the Club, team, alumni support and Rugby Campus energy- Clemson Rugby has a bright future. It's time for all of the gang of Clemson Ruggers to step up and support the Rugby Ethos."
The friendship with team members and the memories of on-pitch mutual escapades produce a lifelong thread that we all carry away from Clemson Rugby into our adult lives. The development of the Clemson Rugby Foundation has provided us a conduit to remain connected to this acquired core value of our lives.
Those of us that made it back to the Clemson Rugby Club 50th year reunion reveled in the pleasure and happiness that re-emerged in our hearts and aching, sore, altered joints. The reopening of these memorable times made the contact to Clemson Rugby tangible. The Clemson Rugby Foundation gave the motivated 'youth' in the alumni the desire to keep the flag of us Clemson Ruggers flying high and proud on the forefront of Clemson student lifestyle. The energy required to find a new pitch and promote Club environment gave purpose to the Foundation's direction. Now, with the growth of the Club, team, alumni support and Rugby Campus energy- Clemson Rugby has a bright future. It's time for all of the gang of Clemson Ruggers to step up and support the Rugby Ethos.