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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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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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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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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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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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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About Play Rugby USA:Based in the heart of New York City’s bustling midtown, Play Rugby USA operates out of a modern office hub with other sector leaders on the cutting-edge of Sports Based Youth Development. We believe that youth thrive when offered access to high-impact sports programing and have developed an innovative curriculum and coaching…

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