• 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.   Rose Ellen, Brooklyn, NY […]

  • 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, […]

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    Ruggers Helping Others

    Those of us who are lucky enough to be a part of the rugby community know how truly special it is. Here at Play Rugby USA, we often find ourselves humbled by the outpouring of support from those who love the sport of rugby as much as we do. Recently, two members of the Play Rugby USA […]

  • Exclusive Winemakers Luncheon & Tasting

      This exclusive event in Sonoma County will benefit the sports-based youth development organization, Play Rugby USA, which is experiencing rapid growth on the West Coast. With programs in mostly underserved communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Play Rugby USA will have a direct impact on over 2,000 young people in California this year alone. With […]

  • 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 […]

  • we're hiring

    Development Coordinator – AmeriCorps VISTA

    Use your marketing training and communication skills to build capacity of a leader in Sports-Based Youth Development in New York City! Play Rugby USA has an opportunity for an AmeriCorps VISTA to significantly contribute to our three-year strategic initiative, aiming to transform the Sports-Based Youth Development Sector through innovative and impactful programming. As a VISTA (Volunteer […]

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    Healing Through Sport

    Play Rugby USA was invited to participate as thought partners in the first ever workshop on sport & trauma, at the 28th Annual Psychological Trauma Conference in Boston, MA. Play Rugby USA was honored to be among its peers in the Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) sector, (Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, Soccer without Borders, and others). The […]