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 family have gone above and beyond to help others in the rugby community, and we’d like to share their stories with you.

Aidan Smith, who plays on our NY Academy team, recently DROVE from Flushing, Queens to Houston, TX with his Dad, to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They volunteered through an amazing organization called Rugby Relief, collecting funds and mobilizing volunteers to help clean up and restore areas affected by natural disasters. What a great way to utilize the rugby community! We are so proud of the work Aidan and his Dad did and are thrilled to call them members of the Play Rugby USA family.

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Aidan and his Dad with Rugby Relief in Houston, TX

Peter Forsman, a long-time supporter of Play Rugby USA, has also been a long-time coach of the Xavier High School Junior Varsity Rugby Team. Through Xavier, he’s had the opportunity to coach with John Kelly, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. Pete has teamed up with ALS One to raise money on behalf of John and others suffering from ALS by training and participating in the Montauk Mightyman Half Ironman. We wish Pete the best of luck in his training and his support of a fellow rugger. 💪

Have a great story of support from within the Play Rugby USA family?! Share it with us!


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