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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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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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Many young, entry-level job seekers in the twenty-first century face a catch-22: to get work, you need work experience. 91% of employers prefer to hire new graduates with previous work experience; 65% prefer candidates with relevant work experience; a mere 5% state that work experience in not a factor in hiring decisions. Access to such meaningful, hands-on work experiences is essential for young people’s workplace readiness usually years…

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The Play Rugby family would like to congratulate our Academy seniors, Destiny Quinones and Dylan Swincicki, for receiving the prestigious PSAL Wingate Award for Girls Rugby and Boys Rugby respectively. Despite many worthy nominees of PSAL rugby participants, Destiny and Dylan, were honored with these awards. Girls Rugby Winner: Destiny Quinones Senior at the Bronx…

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From humble beginnings, Kevin Braithwaite, started off as a player in our Academy program and fell in love with rugby. He joined the Play Rugby staff in 2014 and has been loving every moment of being a Youth Development Mentor. Kevin says he joined as Youth Development Mentor due to, “the impact my coaches had…

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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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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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