vatosDear Highlands Alumni and Friends,

The NMHU Rugby Team, the Vatos, will defend their 2016 national title in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Rugby 7’s Finals in Philadelphia on June 2-5.

With historic graduating and winning rates of more than 75%, our team has seen great success, and is currently ranked in the top 25 teams nationally, regardless of division or organization. They have also been self-supporting throughout their 25 year history, raising their own funds to compete and travel as an NMHU club sport.

This spring the Vatos did their part to defend their title, going an amazing 4-1 at the Midwest Qualifier Tournament in New Orleans!

Now, these student athletes need your help to get to the big show in Philadelphia. Their many appreciative NMHU fans also need your help to cheer them on and add to the climate of quality and value at NMHU.

Please consider a gift to help support the Vatos’ travel expenses to Philadelphia. It will cost approximately $11,000 for our team of 15 student athletes to get to the national finals.

We know that our entire campus community – students, faculty, and staff – are behind the Vatos, and are excited to help them strive for a third national championship over 248 other NSCRO schools!

You can help with a gift of any size. Our campus community is already making gifts in support of this exciting opportunity for our dedicated student athletes. 

Donations can be sent to:

NMHU Foundation
Attn: Vatos
Kennedy Alumni Hall
Box 9000
Las Vegas, NM 87701

Gifts can also be made online by clicking the button below. Please indicate that the gift is for the Vatos in the ‘Designation’ field. Please consider making your gift by May 31st.



We hope you are as proud of our team as we are.
If you are near to our main campus, you can also show your NMHU pride by sporting Vatos gear, available soon in the Student Union Building Bookstore. 

  Go Vatos!!


Sam Minner, President
William Hayward, Coach
Earl Smith, Vatos President


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