Vinnie has an extensive history in the sport of rugby as a player and administrator. He learned his rugby skills at the University of Wisconsin / Stevens Point (where he was President and Captain) and carried
on for 12 additional years with one of the leading clubs
in the USA, the Chicago Lions. During his time with the
Lions, he earned selection onto the elite Chicago Area
Select Side and to this date, is the only member of the Lions to serve as their President, to be voted the club's Most Valuable Player AND win the prestigious Lowry Lion award for the highest contribution both on and off the field.