The club rugby team will compete in the Round of 8 in Atlanta this weekend. If the team wins, they will play in the championship in California.
“Both of those things cost money,” said Katie Lutton, the team’s treasurer.
The team receives money from Campus Recreation’s Sport Clubs program and Student Congress for expenses during the season. Postseason tournaments cost more money, which is why the team has to find other ways to pay for travel costs.
To cover costs, the team sells lemonade on the quad, holds bake sales and reaches out to parents and alumni, Lutton said.
The women’s club rugby team also has company sponsors to help their team, including Hickory Tavern in Carrboro.
Brent Wall, general manager at Hickory Tavern, said the restaurant became a sponsor after employing members of the team.
“They work hard and they need our support,” Wall said. “We’re here for the community and part of the community is the University.”
Hickory Tavern hosts dine-out nights three times a year — including during the team’s family weekend — where 10 percent of food sales are donated to the team.