Philadelphia, PA- - Twenty-one leading Rugby-based social change agencies have banded together as founding members of the Global Rugby Collaborative, an organization that will unite and support like-minded practitioners from across the globe. These projects (in the space also known as "Rugby for Good (R4G)") address and tackle some of the primary challenges faced by young people in under-resourced regions around the world. From poverty, social exclusion and violence, to education, health and empowering young women - these R4G projects are working towards a vision: "Together, Creating a Better World through Rugby". The launch of the GRC was catalyzed and lead by Play Rugby USA with the support from some world-class Advisors and Launch Partners referenced below. The launch is taking place at the Beyond Rugby USA component of the Beyond Sport Summit - the world's preeminent sport for social change gathering, at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia.
The Beyond Rugby USA Summit is being attended by thought leaders and stakeholders from the sport for social change space, including practitioners, representatives from major professional sports franchises, corporations, and foundations. Rugby celebrity and World Cup Winner Will Greenwood will also be on hand to present and promote this rugby opportunity. In addition to sharing inspirational stories and best practices, the attendees will discuss strategies and tactics for growing the GRC to develop and support its membership's young people, worldwide.
"We're really proud to be launching the Global Rugby Collaborative today at Beyond Sport and Beyond Rugby USA. The GRC is a ground-breaking initiative to celebrate and elevate the incredible work of our members who use rugby as a unique yet powerful vehicle to create choice and better opportunities for young people around the world. We aim to create synergy, energy and opportunity for all to help young people maximize their potential life." said Mark Griffin, founder of Play Rugby USA and the Global Rugby Collaborative.
In conjunction with the launch at the summit, the GRC announced today it's new website: http://www.globalrugbycollaborative.org which showcases the work of the GRC founding member organizations and provides a platform for new members and partners to get involved.
|Afghanistan Rugby Federation||Asia Center Foundation||Beyond Rugby Bermuda||Bhubesi Pride||Community Outreach Rugby Development (CORD)|
|Fundación Santa Teresa (Project Alcatraz)||Instituto Rugby Para Todos (Rugby for All)||JAG Sports and Education Foundation||Jungle Crows Foundation (Khelo Rugby)||Maui Rugby Org|
|Memphis Inner City Rugby||New York Rugby Club||Oakland Warthogs Youth Rugby Program||Operation Breakthrough||Play Rugby USA|
|R4UK||Serge Betsen Academy||Touraid||Waikiki Beach Boys and Wahines||Washington DC Youth Rugby|
|Beyond Sport||Beyond Rugby||Harlequins|
|Magic Bus||Rugby Expo||World Rugby Project|
Marnie Webb, CEO Tech Soup Global
|Jeff Hamaoui, CEO Further by Design||Mike Geddes, Street Football World||Wayne Morris, Premiership Rugby||Ned Wills, Executive Director Laureus Foundation|
|Nick Keller, CEO Benchmark Sports||James Baderman, Manager Fight for Peace||Martin Hansford, Chairman Tag Rugby||Alberto Vollmer, CEO CA Ron Santa Teresa||Mel Young, Founder Homeless World Cup|
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The Global Rugby Collaborative is an international network of rugby-for-good agencies around the world collaborating together to create a better world through rugby. The GRC seeks to connect members, advocate for rugby-for-good, share best practices, develop resources and support members in creating a world of better opportunities for young people, through rugby. To learn more about the Global Rugby Collaborative, please visit http://www.GlobalRugbyCollaborative.Org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/globalrugbycollaborative.
Play Rugby USA is the premier Rugby-for-good practitioner in the USA. Founded in 2003, the organization works primarily with disconnected and at-risk youth, using rugby as a vehicle to achieve long-term wellness and educational success. The program has grown to coaching over 4,000 children per year in structured weekly programs between New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and over 14,000 students in aggregate since inception. The vision of Play Rugby USA is to create "A Better World Through Rugby".
Through out the years, Play Rugby USA’s events and programs were able to be possible and successful because of the funding from all of its dedicated supporters. With their help, we were able to deliver the value of rugby to children around the country.
Today, we would like to recognize the US Women’s Rugby Foundation (USWRF) for their generous support that enabled Play Rugby USA to engage three of its Senior Academy girls from the Bronx, New York to participate in an internship program and attend the Junior All American Regional Camp in Atlanta, Georgia last March!
High School juniors Denisse Zambon and Shamira Robles, and senior Gioanna Cruz have been playing rugby for less than two years, ever since their high school, Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in Bronx, NY formed a team in spring 2012. Each has excelled as a player in the short time they have been playing. Gioanna was named as a High School All-American and earned a scholarship to attend American International College in the Fall, Denisse was tournament MVP at a Regional All-Star Tournament in Pittsburg, PA. Despite only having played 7-a-side rugby, all three girls along with 6 of their PRUSA-Academy team-mates made the Empire City 15 a side all star team. They all look forward to continuing their 15-a-side rugby experience, in college.
The USWRF funding helped us to have Denisse, Gioanna, and Shamira in our internship program as Youth Development Mentors at Play Rugby USA program sites in New York City. They learned how to teach young children life lessons through non-contact rugby games and coaching methods that build self-esteem and teamwork. We applied their internship ‘pay’ towards them attending the Women’s Junior All-American Camp with team head coach Danielle Miller in Atlanta. While none of the girls were selected to U20’s squad that competed in the Nations Cup this summer, they showed a lot of promise and hope they might be selected in 2014!