Jon White

Last weekend, Newport Rugby player Jon White suffered a serious fracture in his face that will require surgery to repair.  Without hesitation, the Rugby community and local Aquidneck Island residents and businesses came to his aid.

“Jon White always gives 110% on the rugby pitch and there was no difference for the 2021 Rhode Island Cup on the field against Providence. He sadly clashed heads at full speed with an opponent and paid the price with his beautiful face.  Jon requires surgery to repair a fracture in his face and needs all the support he can get from the rugby world! All proceeds will go towards hospital bills. Thank you for all the support.”

This statement was posted on the GoFundMe page that was created 3 days ago to support Jon’s recovery.  In just 72 hours, over 240 donors have donated to this cause.  Donors include current Newport Rugby players and alumni, local businesses, Aquidneck Island residents, and even rival Rugby clubs have made donations to this cause. 

The comradery associated with rugby always fascinated me personally.  When I went to Providence College, a core group of my friends played rugby there.  They would spend two hours beating the hell out of one another on the pitch, only to meet up after the game at the hosting teams’ hangout and have celebratory drinks and conversation.  It’s a fraternity that is proudly understood between those who compete in the sport. 

Jon is recovering from his injury and will undergo surgery next week.  Here is a message that he posted yesterday on the fundraising page.

“First off, I want to thank everyone for the amount of support you have shown me and my family. It has been overwhelming and I truly appreciate every person who has reached out. I am humbled by the generosity of our community in helping me navigate this situation.”

“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for their support.  The rugby community and to a larger extent the Newport Rugby community is an amazing group of people and I am so proud to be a part of it.  While I won’t be on the field going forward, you know I’ll be on the sidelines having beers and cheering on the boys.”  Get well soon Jon! 

Tyler Bernadyn

Born and raised in the Ocean State, Tyler is a Providence College graduate ('11) who proudly calls Newport home. A professional realtor by trade, he prides himself on building relationships and sharing his love for Rhode Island with others. He is an active member of the local community, a weekly contributor for WhatsUpNewp and is involved with a number of charitable causes. An avid traveler, you can find him exploring whenever possible. When he's not working, he enjoys golfing, boating, cooking, walking his dog Red and enjoying time with family and friends.

Tyler is a Providence College graduate who proudly calls Newport home. He is an avid traveler, golfer and has a passion for cooking and entertaining. Tyler is a weekly contributor for WhatsUpNewp and is involved in a number of community events and local charities. In his down time, you can find Tyler walking his two rescue dogs, Bella and Red or enjoying time with family and friends.