We invite you to join us at the elegant Cornell Club on Tuesday September 13th for an intimate dinner and conversation with Team USA’s Rugby Stars and Coaches about their fondest memories from the 2016 Games. Each guest will enjoy a cocktail hour and three course dinner with Olympians Perry Baker, Kelly Griffin and Madison Hughes. Dinner will be punctuated with a lively discussion moderated by the commentating sensation Dallen Stanford. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes account Rugby’s historic return to the Olympics.
Special guests include: Kelly Griffin, Hooker & Captain
Kelly Griffin, Captain of the Team USA Women’s squad for Rugby Sevens’ historic debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, is no stranger to making history. One of the first eight women’s athletes to be contracted by USA Rug
by in 2012, she got her start, like many American Rugby players, as a freshman in college at UCLA. She was quickly selected to the
USA Rugby U23 team in 2006 and 2007 and USA Rugby AIG Women’s Collegiate All-Americans in 2007 and 2008. Griffin won the 2011 Women’s Club Sevens National Championship with Berkeley All-Blues and was named MVP. She won the 2011 Women’s All-Star National Championship with Pacific Coast and the 2011 Women’s Premier League Championship with Berkeley All-Blues, leading the league in tries scored. A Resident at the Olympic Training Center, Griffin won bronze with the Eagles at the 2013 IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia and a silver medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
Madison Hughes, Scrumhalf & Captain
Madison Hughes began playing rugby at age 7 while growing up in England. While attending Dartmouth and playing at the collegiate level he quickly distinguished himself with his athletic ability, work ethic, and team spirit. With dual
citizenship, this lifelong Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan jumped at the chance to play for the United States. Hughes was named Men’s Eagles Sevens captain by Head Coach Mike Friday ahead of the 2014-15 Series, and has been instrumental in the team’s rise to competitor status on the circuit. Following the London Sevens Cup victory in 2015 and the successful Olympic qualification campaign at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships, Hughes led the Series in points and conversions in 2015-16 with 331 and 108, respectively. He was chosen to captain the 12-man Team USA squad for Rugby Sevens’ debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic
Perry Baker, Wing
Perry Baker, a former collegiate football player at Fairmont State University, was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, but a knee injury cut his professional football career short. After two years with the Arena Football League’s Pittsburgh Power, Baker picked up rugby in Daytona Beach before training at Tiger Academy. He was invited to the Residency Program at the Olympic Training Center in 2014 and made his World Rugby Sevens Series debut under Head Coach Mike Friday later that year. Baker was named to World Rugby’s Rookie of the Year shortlist following the 2014-15 campaign, and led the Eagles in tries scored in 2015-16 with 48, good for second-most on the Series. A member of the U.S. team that qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games at the 2015 NACRA Sevens Championships, he was named to the 12-man Team USA squad for Rugby Sevens’ Olympic debut.
Dallen Stanford, Emcee
Dallen Stanford has been involved in the American rugby landscape for well over a decade. He played 54 matches for the USA on the HSBC Sevens World Series from 2006-2009, including the 2013 Sevens Rugby World Cup in Dubai. Dallen then served as the Media Manager for USA Rugby at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the 2013 Sevens World Cup in Russia. Dallen has been the Los Angeles Program Director for Play Rugby USA in since 2011, expanding our reach from 6 to over 125 schools in that time period! He has also become one of the top rugby commentators around, known for his witty one-liners. Dallen has appeared on ESPN, CBS Sports Network, Fox Soccer Plus – and made his broadcasting debut this year on the HSBC Sevens World Series announcing the Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s (Men’s) as well as the Atlanta 7s (Women’s). He is the weekly show host for The Rugby Channel – “despite having a face for radio” he says.
Program: 6:00 – 7:00 Cocktail Recepetion (full open bar)
7:00 – 10:00 Olympic Panel discussion with Special Guests immediately followed by plated three course dinner and beer or wine.