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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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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Last month, Play Rugby benefited from a tremendous fundraising event in sunny California! Hosted by our friends at Goldschmidt Vineyards, over 50 people came together to enjoy the gorgeous backdrop of Sonoma County, sample some amazing wines and raise crucial funds for Play Rugby USA. Scottish Rugby Legend, Gavin Hastings joined us and shared his…

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Play Rugby USA is excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to provide after-school rugby programming at the High School of World Cultures. Funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant, the 2019-2020 programming starts on Monday, September 9th, 2019. To…

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12th Annual NYC Rugby Cup On Saturday, June 8th 2019, Play Rugby USA hosted the 2019 NYC Rugby Cup, on Randall’s Island. Started back in 2008, the Rugby Cup is our biggest annual rugby tournament. This year, we brought together over 600 students from 52 schools from all five borough of New York City together…

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New York City and Coventry, England are quite different from one another, but they have at least one thing in common: rugby value-based youth development programs that empower young people. Play Rugby USA calls New York City its home while Engage! Coventry, Coventry. Representatives from these two programs spent a week together in June, learning…

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Memphis-Based Young Athlete Wins DHL Contest to Deliver Match Ball at Rugby World Cup 2019™, Japan #DHLGoForward contest winner will travel to Japan to deliver the official Match Ball on the field for the USA v France match Plantation, Fla., June 28, 2019: Jamiyah Brown, an 11-year-old rugby player from Memphis, will experience the once-in-a-lifetime…

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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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