Programs

Meet Denisse – Youth Development Mentor

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Denisse Zambon did not know a lick of English before she moved to New York when she was 14.  But, by being immersed in rugby and high school she slowly learned and is now completely fluent. Denisse began playing in a Play Rugby program. She’s been playing rugby…

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Academy/NYRC Girls Win the Rugby NY State Championship

On the first weekend of June, the Play Rugby Academy teams competed at the Rugby NY State Championships at Binghamton University. A total of 16 Girls’ teams — including notable teams like Syracuse, City Honors and Corning — gathered from all over New York State. Despite the tough competition, the Academy/NYRC combined team won first…

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Rugby Jamborees Bring Rugby to Northern California

Since April of this year, Play Rugby USA has been partnering with Playworks Northern California to host Rugby Jamborees throughout the Bay Area. The very first of these Jamborees was on April 19th — on a sunny day at Raymond Kimball Park where children from 10 elementary schools throughout the Area came together to play…

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Meet Jahquar – Youth Development Mentor

Brooklyn born and raised, Jahquar Williams has been working alongside Play Rugby USA for 2 years, and is also a Play Rugby alumni, which he believes really “helps with my connection to the kids that I work with day to day.” When Jahquar isn’t on the field, you will find him studying as he’s a…

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Meet Dan – Youth Development Mentor

Youth Development Mentor, Dan Taylor started off with Play Rugby USA by volunteering in his free time, to prove he is seriously passionate about helping young people and supporting them on their path to a bright future. Today, Dan has been working for Play Rugby for six months and enjoying the progress that he’s made…

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Off-Field Success at Play Rugby

At Play Rugby, we pride ourselves on being a youth development organization, we don’t just focus on the on-field performance, but also the off-field success. Over four weeks our Communications and Youth Development intern, Gabrielle Tutheridge, has created and conducted four amazing workshops, which inspire our under 18 academy girls to go forward and create…

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Student Feature: Paris the Rugby Superstar

Name: Paris School: P.S. 185 in Harlem, Manhattan Age: 8 Favorite color: Purple Favorite animal: Unicorn Favorite desert: Chocolate cake with a dollop of chocolate ice cream Favorite Subject: Math Paris is a rugby superstar! During her after-school Play Rugby program in Harlem, NY, she came up with a brand new game called Flag Tag…

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Play Rugby Academy U18 Boys Win New York Championship

Academy Boys

On November 4th, the Play Rugby Academy U18 Boys brought back the Cup Championship for the New York Fall 7s league. This victory came from a perfect record of 24-0, following eight tournaments in their regular division and one guest appearance in the New Jersey division, where they also swept the competition. The current team…

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Saturday Night Lights in Harlem

SNL flag rugby

In partnership with the Office of the District Attorney of New York, Play Rugby USA is now approaching its second year collaborative program Saturday Night Lights (SNL), a youth development initiative that seeks to activate community spaces with exceptional sports (like rugby!), connect youth to resources and build trust between law enforcement and the community.…

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