Big Things are Happening at Play Rugby USA Headquarters in NYC!


We’re moving! But not only are we moving, we’re excited to announce our relocation to a new, collaborative space alongside other leading Sports Based Youth Development (SBYD) organizations in NYC, thanks to the creation of Vita Sports Partners.

Recognizing, the value of SBYD organizations and the struggles many face to leverage available resources, Mark Griffin, CEO of Play Rugby USA, began to identify a real need for collaboration in the sector. With some help from Michael Novogratz (Chairman of Beat the Streets) and the New York Community Trust, Vita is well on its way to supporting SBYD organizations in building robust relationships, sharing best practices, opening opportunities, and establishing a comprehensive organizational development road-map for the sector.

Call for Applications – NEW Position
As part of our new, collaborative office space, called the “Vita SBYD Hub”, Vita Sports Partners is hiring an Operations Manager to help manage the operations and logistics of our new space. The ideal candidate is a personal, confident, self-starter, with attention to detail who is able establish and manage the systems, processes, operations and administration to develop and protect a thriving, positive culture in the office. Please see the full job description here: Operations Manager job description.

To apply, please send an email with a thoughtful cover letter and your resume by February 6, 2017 to Emily Helm ([email protected]) with “Operations Manager Search” in the subject line, copying Mark Griffin ([email protected]). Please tell us how you heard about the job in your communication. No phone calls, please.

About Vita Sports Partners
Vita Sports Partners exists to elevate humanity through sports. Operating a unique venture philanthropy model, they are changing the playing field so that donors and programs get more of what they want and need from philanthropic relationships, which is what fuels the ultimate driver for both – deeper, more meaningful, more sustainable, life-changing impact for the people served by SBYD organizations.

The three biggest challenges faced by nonprofits as documented in research are: being under-resourced and at capacity, while taking on responsibility for increasing societal needs with operating minimal margin budgets; and struggling to attract and retain high performing leaders. Despite this, the strongest performing SBYD organizations are able to evidence material improvements not just in students’ physical health but moreover through vital Social & Emotional Learning outcomes that have been validated as necessary for young people to thrive – living happy, healthy and successful lives.

Vita Sports Partners will further strengthen the SBYD sector and long-term impact to its communities served, by providing three core services:

  • Collaborative office space – called the “Vita SBYD Hub”
  • Executive Coaching & Grants for sector leaders
  • Professional Development workshops for broader sector

Stay tuned for an announcement about our official move date next month!

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