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Firm Sponsored Charity "Engage" Off to a Great Start

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Jun 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi takes pride in playing an active role in trying to make our local community a better place to live in. From Tucson Soccer Academy (Ted Schmidt) to Ben's Bells (Dev Sethi) to little league baseball (Jim Campbell), we encourage all of our lawyers to get involved. As president of the Old Pueblo Rugby Football Club, Matt Schmidt has recently led the charge in developing a new  program called "Engage" that is gaining a lot of steam as a young charity.

Engage was designed by Matt and OPRFC to provide more underprivileged kids the chance to play the fastest growing sport in America in a fun and safe environment. It has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson and USA Rugby, the leading governing body for rugby in America. It has also gained support from many leading local organizations and businesses, such as the Tucson Conquistadores, the Zuckerman Outreach Foundation and Team Volpe at NOVA Home Loans, to name a few.

Due to excellent support from the local community, Engage has exceeded its fundraising goals for the year, meaning it will be able to execute every aspect of the program it had planned, with additional funds available if necessary. To promote the safe aspects of rugby, all of Engage's youth programs are non-tackle. These programs include:

  1. Hosting mini clinics at the Boys and Girls Club summer camps and donating balls to each clubhouse for their use while we are away.
  2. Hosting approximately 100 kids from local nonprofits in our Big Annual Clinic, which provides each kid with an athletic kit including bag, water bottle, rugby ball and jersey designed by The Underestimated City.
  3. Inviting kids who want more to participate in our Fall Youth Camp, a non-tackle program every Sunday in October that will include coaches, referees, training and two hand touch rugby games.
  4. Donating cleats to participants in our Fall Youth Camp who could not otherwise own a pair of their own.

Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi is proud to support this budding program, congratulates Matt and OPRFC on their early success and looks forward to seeing where Engage will go from here.

About the Author

Ted A. Schmidt

Ted's early career as a trial attorney began on the other side of the fence, in the offices of a major insurance defense firm. It was there that Ted acquired the experience, the skills and the special insight into defense strategy that have served him so well in the field of personal injury law. Notable among his successful verdicts was the landmark Sparks vs. Republic National Life Insurance Company case, a $4.5 million award to Ted's client. To this day, it is the defining case for insurance bad faith, and yet it is only one of several other multi-million dollar jury judgments won by Ted during his career. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in "wrongful death and bodily injury litigation".


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