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 Naima Reddick.
Naima has had a very extensive rugby career and has been playing for 16 years! She began her rugby career at Piedmont High School and went on to play for Chico State for 5 years. After university Nai traveled to Porirua, New Zealand to play for Northern United. This summer, Nai is traveling to France to play for the USA in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. This is a great opportunity for Nai and her teammates to show the world what rugby in the United States is made of!
Nai is raising money online to help support the costs of this amazing experience! If you would like to contribute to her fundraising efforts to get to the Women’s Rugby World Cup, please visit her ColoradoGives Campaign.
When asked what the best part of being a YDM is, Nai said, “the ‘light bulb’ moment when what you’re trying to teach them catches in the minds.” She believes that the best part of being involved in the world of rugby is the friends that you make along the way. Using rugby as a common bond, Nai has been able to make connections all around the world.
Are you in love with the sport and as enthusiastic as Naima is about changing young lives? 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!