The history of the Grand Rapids Gazelles RFC dates back to the spring of 1978. Ed Teliczan was playing with the Kalamazoo Harlequins and decided to start his own team in Grand Rapids. Success quickly followed for the club, and we have since acquired several national championships in both 15’s and 7’s play. The Gazelles compete in club competition regulated by USA Rugby. Currently we support teams at Men’s Division III and Men’s Division IV levels; and a Women’s Division II side. The Men’s Division III and Division IV sides are nationally ranked, and compete for National Titles each year. Most recently, the two squads made it out of their respective leagues and fell short of glory during National Quarter-Finals. Our Women’s side is unable to qualify for Nationals due to this being their first year as a club. That being said, they have won nearly all of their games; losing by only a few points to last year’s National Champions. Next season, the Women’s side will be a strong contender as they look to edge out a Championship of their own.
The Grand Rapids Gazelles is more than just a competitive rugby club. We have established and work hard to maintain our rich culture. We have welcomed local talent as well as players from countries around the world. The team is comprised of players of varying ages, skill levels, and experiences; we truly welcome all who wish to share in the comradery and competitive nature of our club. Additionally, the Grand Rapids Gazelles are passionate about giving back to the Grand Rapids and West Michigan communities, as well as the local rugby scene. The club regularly participates in community engagement throughout West Michigan, facilitates fundraising events, and contributes back to the sport. We have partnered with several organizations including: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Patient Assistance Fund for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Spectrum Health, the Humane Society of West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, the Michigan Youth Rugby Association, and the West Michigan Rugby Association. For more information regarding the Grand Rapids Gazelles, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.