Alice Hoagland

VALE: Alice Ann Hoagland It is with deep sadness that International Gay Rugby confirm the passing of Alice Hoagland mother of Mark Bingham and surrogate mother to the Bingham Cup and countless gay rugby players worldwide.

Aged 71, Alice passed away in her sleep on Tuesday the 22nd December 2020. Alice is survived by her siblings Linden, Vaughn (and wife Kathy), Lee (and wife Julie), sister Candyce (and partner Bryan), nieces Savannah and Jillian and nephews Garrett, Bryce and Harrison.

Alice is remembered for her advocacy for LGBTQI rights and aviation safety. Alice came to the spotlight in support of her son, Mark Bingham, who was tragically killed while thwarting hijackers on September 11th 2001 as a passenger aboard United Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania not reaching the intended target of the Capitol Building.

In Mark’s honour The Bingham Cup, a bi-annual tournament for gay and inclusive rugby was formed with Alice it’s biggest supporter and the surrogate mother for many rugby players who found a way forward through their involvement with rugby and the Bingham Cup. IGR has reached out to Alice’s family and Mark’s best friend Amanda Mark to pass on the sympathies and condolences of the entire IGR community and in the near future we will be able to share details on how we can come together in memory of Alice’s magnificent life.

In the meantime though, the family has requested we respect their privacy. With the blessing of her family, donations in Alice’s honour can be made to the: Mark Bingham Leadership Fundwww.calfund.org/mark-bingham-leadership-fund The Bingham Cup www.binghamcup.com

With you all.

IGR

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