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    About Play Rugby USA Play Rugby USA is a Sports-Based Youth Development organization committed to helping young people find success both on and off the rugby field. Our mission is to use the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire young people, primarily from underserved communities, to Go Forward and realize their true potential. […]

  • Heisman Trophy Fund for Youth Development

    Vita Sports Partners, founded by Play Rugby USA CEO Mark Griffin, recently secured funding from the Heisman Trophy Fund for Youth Development to bring Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) programs to two schools in Harlem, NY, with the hopes of adding more in the future. The project brings together six SBYD organizations: Play Rugby USA, Beat […]

  • Manhattan RFC Season Wrap-up

    The Manhattan RFC Fall 2017 campaign is best described as a season of perseverance. A combination of competing fall sports, cold weather, and a tough away schedule could well have ended the season before it got off the ground; however, as always, the competitors of MRFC chose to Go Forward and rose to the occasion.   […]

  • Meet our 2017 NYC Marathon Team!

    We are so lucky to have five amazing supporters running the 2017 NYC Marathon on November 5th to help raise money for Play Rugby USA: Rose Ellen, Jason, Ed, Jonah, and Matt! Read more about our incredible Team below and make a gift to help support them on their journey. Jonah, Denver, CO Jonah became […]

  • Becoming Hopeologists

    In late September, three members of the Play Rugby USA team attended a two-day workshop to become Hopeologists: Kevin Braithwaite, Youth Development Mentor; Ben Slaughter, Program Manager; and Dom Wareing, Youth Development Director. Held at PS76 in Harlem, NY and led by ‘Kids at Hope’ founder and chief treasure hunter, Rick Miller, the workshop was attended by local […]

  • Community Agreements: What, where, why and who?

    What is a Community Agreement and why is it one of the first things Play Rugby USA does in all of our programs at the start of the school year?   The Community Agreement is a set of guidelines that the entire group must agree upon. It helps set expectations of behavior and gives the students goals to work towards. Our Youth Development Mentors (YDMs) help their students form the document, but essentially […]

  • Social-Emotional Learning in Sports-Based Programs.

      On September 21, Beat the Streets New York invited Play Rugby USA to join their 2nd Annual Coaches Seminar at Polly Prep in Brooklyn, NY. Play Rugby USA’s Senior Program Director, Kip O’Rourke-Brown, facilitated a session covering program design with a focus on teaching Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills alongside of sports skills. This was […]

  • Fundraising Success in Wine Country!

    On Friday, September 15th, Nick and Yolyn Goldschmidt of Goldschmidt Vineyards generously opened their home and hosted a fundraiser for Play Rugby USA. It was a perfect Sonoma day with over 40 people in attendance to wine, dine and raise money so that we may provide programs for even more young people; helping them excel at school, […]