Chillicothe Rugby Football Club 
 The Barbarians

2010 & 2011 Tier 3 State Champions

Rugby for Research

Rugby for Research is an annual charity youth rugby festival hosted by the Chillicothe Rugby Football Club.

Funds raised are donated to a charity selected annually by the players.

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Organizations Supported

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
American Foundation for  Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

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Match Schedule

10:00 AM
 High School Boys
 All Reds vs Peoria Area Renegades
11:30 AM
 High School Girls
 Chillicothe Cailini vs Palatine Mutts
1:00 PM
 Middle School
 Chillicothe Maulers vs TBD
2:30 PM
 Hih School Boys
 Chillicothe Barbarians vs Twin City Tornados

Other Activities

  • Small Business Showcase (over 30 craft and specialty item vendors)
  • Kids Zone
  • Food, Beverages, and Snacks
  • Commemorative T-Shirts
  • Large Silent Auction
  • 50/50 Raffles


CRFC Rugby Pitch behind Chillicothe Jr. High (914 West Truitt Avenue, Chillicothe, IL)
1199 N Cutright St, Chillicothe, IL 61523
  • Free Parking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Kids Zone with playground equipment
  • Small bleachers (bring chairs if you can)
  • Voluntary donations collected at the gate

About the Event

Founded in 2008, the Chillicothe rugby club held its first Rugby for Research event in 2011 to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in response to the tragic news that the sister of one of the Chillicothe Barbarian boys high school rugby players had died while in a diabetic coma. The initial idea was to support a different cause every year, but the organization embraced JDRF and continued the association for 5 years, raising over $15,000 for research into curing Type 1 diabetes.

Everything changed on April 22, 2015. It was a Wednesday evening, and the Chillicothe Cailíní girls rugby team had a rare mid-week home match against the girls from Plainfield. Later that evening, the Chillicothe rugby family was shocked to learn that one of the Cailini girls had taken her own life at home that very night. Alexis Encinas was 16 years old. It was devastating to the family, the rugby club members, the students and staff at IVC High School, and the entire community.

Everyone came together, and the kids in the Chillicothe rugby club, the students and staff at IVC High School, and people throughout the community shared the family’s grief and offered support and encouragement to the family and to each other. A year later, the school dedicated the week of April 18-22 to suicide awareness, and the rugby club announced on April 22 that it would be dedicating the annual Rugby for Research fundraiser to supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) with a memorial fund in the memory of Alexis.

The Chillicothe Rugby Football Club’s mission is “to educate youth in the sport of rugby, encourage good sportsmanship, and promote the overall betterment of the social, moral, and physical development of the young men and women in the community.”  Rugby for Research has become an integral part of the way that CRFC fulfills its mission.