February is Black History Month, and to celebrate, we are highlighting black athletes and leaders that have influenced the sport of rugby throughout the world.   Each week our Academy coaches shared the story of one individual, their impact on the sport of rugby, and how they exemplify one of the Play Rugby Values-in-Action. Phaidra Knight – Go Forward Phaidra Knight is a World…

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Sports-Based Youth Development Programs Foster More Social and Emotional Learning Than Non-Sports Programs The study was released by Laureus USA and confirmed that sports-based youth development (SBYD) programs play a significant role in fostering critical social and emotional learning (SEL) skills necessary for young people to succeed both on and off the field.   The study, funded by The Allstate Foundation, surveyed nearly…

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Play Rugby is honored to be the recipient of a $50,000 grant from RBC Foundation USA to support the Play Rugby Academy. The Play Rugby Academy provides rugby training and competition, youth development and educational resources to help put young people on a path to success. Our programs are designed specifically to address the unique…

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Play Rugby is honored to be awarded the adidas Changing Lives Through Sport grant! The purpose of the adidas grant program is to remove barriers for kids living in underresourced communities, and these funds will help us continue to deliver transformative youth development programs to young people throughout New York City. Thank you to adidas…

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A chilly Saturday morning in February saw 11 dedicated coaches, over 200 passionate players, and 3 hours of engaging rugby action. It was Leap Day of 2020 and it marked our second CHAMPS tournament of the decade.   The name CHAMPS stands for Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated and Positive Students, and these tournaments are the products of our three-way partnerships with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) local schools. CHAMPS…

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Corporate Social Responsibility describes a company’s commitment to carry out their business in an ethical way. The practice has become commonplace for many organizations as we strive to uncover ways to give back and strengthen our communities. No matter the size of the organization, there is an expectation, often driven by customers and employees, for businesses to do the “right thing”. Corporate Social Responsibility can take on many different forms.…

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Enjoy working with Youth? Looking for a hands-on and meaningful role? Interested in mentoring the next generation of student athletes while having fun?   At Play Rugby USA, we use the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire youth from underserved communities, helping them to go forward and realize their true potential and we are currently hiring Youth Development Mentors in New York City.   Our…

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Motivation is understood as a key force which determines our behavior, impacting how we feel, think and interact with others. It is known to be essential in getting individuals to fulfill their potential. At Play Rugby USA, our Academy program helps to develop and inspire youth to become more focused, confident and engaged on and off…

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We rely on supporters like you to raise the critical funds needed to support our programs and the thousands of young people we serve! Now, thanks to Facebook, you can amplify your impact by creating your own fundraising campaign, just follow the simple steps below. In addition to donating directly to Play Rugby online (the…

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We are one week closer to the 2019 NYC Marathon which takes plays on Sunday, November 3, 2019! As an official non-profit partner, Play Rugby has been given the opportunity to sponsor five runners. Not only is each runner taking on the challenge of completing the marathon but pledging to raise at least $2,500 t…

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