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Going Forward since 2003

6,400 Children

160 Schools

Founded in 2003 when Mark Griffin began running youth rugby programming on the weekends, the New York program is our flagship and largest. The program features:

This all adds up to over 3,000 children per year receiving our youth development rugby programming. Click the links to the left to learn more about specific aspects of our program, or below for information on how to get involved and the latest NY news.

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  • 2018 NYC Rugby Cup Recap!

    Our 2018 NYC Rugby Cup was a huge success! Over 50 flag rugby teams from elementary through high school descended on Randall’s Island for the opportunity to showcase both their skills and their Go Forward attitudes. The day was filled with sun, smiles, some incredible rugby and even better sportsmanship and community building. Thank you […]

  • Play Rugby Awarded Sports 4 Life Grant

    Play Rugby USA Awarded 2018 Sports 4 Life Grant by Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation joins the effort to empower young girls of color through sports   The Women’s Sports Foundation and espnW, in collaboration with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, announced Play Rugby USA as a 2018 recipient […]

  • RAMAPO for Children Training!

    On the 24th of February, Ramapo for Children visited the Play Rugby office in NYC and spent the afternoon with a group of 15 Youth Development Mentors. Ramapo for Children started out as a camp for special needs children in Northern New York. Today, Ramapo helps schools, community organizations and families foster inclusive and supportive environments […]

  • 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 […]

  • Become a Youth Development Mentor

    At Play Rugby USA, we use the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire young people from underserved communities in NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco! Our Youth Development Mentors form the backbone of our program and deliver our curriculum on a weekly basis at schools, parks, and community centers across each of our three […]

  • NY Academy Does it Again!

    We are thrilled to announce that for the fourth year in a row, our NY Academy program saw all of its seniors graduate high school on time and for the third year in a row, they’ve all enrolled in college. With a graduation rate of just over 70% in NYC, Play Rugby USA is clearly making […]

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    10th Annual AIG NYC Rugby Cup

    When the opening ceremonies began at 9 am on Randall’s Island in NYC, the sun was shining and over 700 young people were getting ready to compete in their final tournament of the year! Games kicked off at 10 am and as pool play ended, so did the nice weather. With the playoffs came the […]

  • Spring Gala Success!

    The Play Rugby USA Spring Gala, held on June 13th, was a smashing success – literally breaking all of our previous fundraising records! We are deeply grateful for the immense support in the room that evening, as over 250 guests cheered on our three amazing student athletes, Ariel, Susie, and Gio, and raised more than$248,500 to […]

  • A visit from the Australian Consul-General

    The Consul-General of Australia in New York, Nick Minchin, has been a great supporter of Play Rugby USA since his appointment in NYC a few years ago. Mr. Minchin has attended a few of Play Rugby USA’s larger events but wanted to observe how we run our after-school programs. We brought him up to visit a great […]