Temecula Rugby Club raises over five thousand dollars for local man battling cancer

Temecula Rugby Club President Jason Glover, left, along with member Joe Sorenson, right, stand with Dave Romero at a recent event held for him at the Tilted Kilt in Temecula. Courtesy photo

The Temecula Mountain Lions Rugby Club hosted a men’s rugby tournament Sept. 21, to benefit local resident Dave Romero, who recently received news of his stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis of a non-smoking lung cancer that has spread to his spinal column. As a father of six, a grandfather of five and a husband of 37 years Romero and his family were devastated when they received the news of his diagnosis, he said.

Romero is a close family friend of Mountain Lion team member, Adam Barker. Barker reached out to his teammates, and the idea of a charity tournament was born.

Nearly 200 people turned out to support the event which included a men’s rugby tournament, silent auction and raffle. The all-day event commenced with an early morning kickoff at E.L. Pete Petersen Park in Menifee. Several men’s teams from various rugby clubs throughout Southern California participated in the event.

After the tournament, participants and their families gathered at the Tilted Kilt in Temecula for a silent auction and raffle in honor of Romero and his family. With support from individuals and local businesses, the Temecula Mountain Lions raised $5,840.00 to directly benefit Romero and his family.

The Temecula Mountain Lions Rugby Club is a local, nonprofit organization serving the greater Inland Valley. Founded in 2010, our mission is to promote, manage and teach the game of rugby to all, developing and sustaining a community club with players and coaches that conduct themselves with commitment, pride, passion and honor both on and off the pitch. The group is always recruiting members and fielding teams comprised of men, women and youth ages 5-18. For sponsorship opportunities and more information, visit www.temecularugby.com or by emailing info@temecularugby.com.

Sorina Cannon was the main contributor for this article.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.