Founder Mark Griffin shares his favorite moments from this year!
10 Moments are events that inspire us and memories we cherish. They provide a benchmark and context within which we can review our outcomes and plan our future progress. As we look back on 2014 here are my Top Ten on the field “10 Moments” for Play Rugby USA!
Sports System ReDesign & Green Cards
Reviewing and refining our model with the introduction of Green Cards. Encouraging players and supporters to “catch the positive” by rewarding positive values and sportsmanship at tournaments – both on and off the field.
Webb Ellis Trophy Tour at PS208
The Rugby World Cup Trophy visits our Junior Sports Leadership Academy and our kids from PS75 and PS208 compete under the watchful eye of Alex Corbisiero in a 6 team round robin tournament. Alex is so inspired, he generously pledges support for the program.
Manhattan RFC Growth & Success
Our community program Manhattan RFC grows to 140 participants providing a pathway from our RuggerTots program (4 years+) though to U18. U12 & U14 Teams go undefeated in the league.
Rugby-for-Good Coach Training Outcomes
The continued evolution of our coach education is inspiring. The complete accreditation consisting of 12 hours integrating our unique “Values in Action” has resulted in incredibly positive cultures across participating teams, exhibited by coach-mentors role modeling and young participants becoming “culture keepers”.
All Star Pathways
Having created our NY Rugby Academy 2 years ago, we are proud to have created a pathway for our promising young athletes to to on to represent college, club and All Star teams. 2 girls represented Atlantis U20s 7’s Team going 5-1 in Las Vegas Elite 7s competition; 9 girls represented the Empire State All Star team (combined NY & NJ); 8 girls – graduates from our program, represented Old Blue RFC’s first ever Women’s 7’s team and competed in the National Championships.
PRUSA Urban Rugby Cup Series
100% High School Graduation Rate
Every single one of our 2013-14 Rugby Academy players graduated from high school. 80% went to college and managed to earn $500,000 in college scholarships.
PRUSA Academy Girls Win NY State Championship
In their first year in the 15-a-side league, our Academy girls won the NY State Championship.
Academy Sevens Series Successes
Our girls won the Regional Summer 7’s Series and our boys won the Fall 7’s Series, showing great leadership being largely empowered to be self-coached at tournaments with direct support of recent program graduates and oversight of our Academy Manager. Players managed their own selections and substitutions.
Inaugural Fall High School Flag Rugby League
The pilot of our first ever High School Flag Rugby League – a short series 3 tournaments for 10 boys and girls teams was a great success, offering an opportunity for high school players to compete and excel in a fun & friendly competitive environment.