The U.S. Backgammon Federation firmly believes that the growth of the American backgammon community is in the hands of its young people. The USBGF is committed to cultivating and supporting this growth by starting college and university backgammon clubs throughout the country!
Have an idea where a club might be started? Know someone who would like to start or sponsor a club at their location? Want to connect with clubs now being formed? Send an email to: EducationAdviser@usbgf.org with “Start A Club” in the subject line, and someone will contact you to assist in getting the ball rolling!
The U.S. Backgammon Federation congratulates UCLA winner of the 2011 USBGF National Collegiate Backgammon Championship on April 23, 2011 and its team members Dan Ben-Moshe, Joe Roth, and Ashim Ahuja! Northwestern University team with players Uri Magaram, Naveed Heydari, Kerem Taskin, and Michael Harper* finished second. Third and fourth place teams were: Indiana University (Benjamin Hugon, Brian Rogers, Eric Wallace), Princeton (Kamron Saniee, Boris Alexeev, Onder Polat). Fifth through eight place went to: Clemson (Ben Cousins, Justen Brewster, Christopher Corsi), Harvey Mudd College (Jeff Burkert, Emily Fischer*, Louis Ryan, Jonathan Schwartz), a second Northwestern team (Jesse Anderson-Leyman, Stephen Bock, and Michael Davis), and Yale (Ryan McKinnon, Yuval Bussi, Edward Shaer*). *Floater or did not play.
Fledgling backgammon college groups include interested students at:
- Charleston College
- Georgia Southern
- Harvey Mudd
- Illinois State
- John Carroll
- Louisiana State
- New Mexico
- Old Dominion
- Santa Fe Community College
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of Chicago
- Yale University
Approximately 50 colleges and universities have students and/or faculty working to establish clubs in the future.
Help us meet the fantastic interest in forming backgammon clubs at colleges! Donate used boards by sending to Phil Simborg USBGF Education Adviser, 1230 N. State Parkway, apt. 6C, Chicago IL 60610 (312-543-0522) or contacting Phil at EducationAdviser@usbgf.org . Or volunteer to help with a college or secondary school in your area. Or make a tax-deductible donation to the U.S. Backgammon Foundation by sending a check in any amount, made out to the U.S. Backgammon Foundation, to Karen Davis, Treasurer, 4838 Laurel Hill Place, Toledo, Ohio 43614, annotating the memo line: Boards for Kids program.