Every day in our program, our Youth Development Mentors (YDMs) are out at schools and on fields in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles changing lives through the sport of rugby. These awesome folks are working with our participants to teach them to Go Forward, Play What They See, Be Try Makers Not Try Scorers, Switch On, and Get There. One of these amazing YDMs is Kelly Doran.
Kelly is a native Californian from Los Altos, and currently attends UC Berkley. At UC Berkley, Kelly has been playing rugby for the Cal Women’s Rugby Club for two years. Kelly believes that the best part of being involved in the rugby world is the culture. Rugby culture is extremely inclusive; it makes you feel like you are part of a large community or family. While it can be intense on the field, at the end of the day everyone comes together as friends who share a common bond through the sport. When Kelly isn’t on the rugby pitch she likes to keep active by hiking and playing with her dogs.
When asked what the best part of being a YDM was, she replied “when the kids tell you that they are going to play rugby in college.” A big part of being a YDM is mentoring, and encouraging the kids in a positive manner. YDMs help the youth
involved in our programs to Go Forward not only in rugby, but in their academic careers as well.
We are always looking for more great Youth Development Mentors to work with our program. If you are interested, follow the link below and feel free to shoot us a message!