On February 3, Super Bowl Sunday, 231 rugby enthusiasts braved the cold weather to travel to the Harlem Children Zone Harlem Armory to participate in the 2nd Annual Harlem Rugby Cup. This tournament featured 5 schools, an increase from last year.
The five schools competing were:
-PS20 (Henry Street Settlement program)
-Boys’ and Girls’ Republic (BGR, Henry Street Settlement Program)
-PS75 (Play Rugby USA Sports Leadership Academy, pictured above)
-PS208 (Play Rugby USA Sports Leadership Academy)
At the tournament, each school competed in 3 pool matches, and was guaranteed one playoff match. The support of friends and family was clearly apparent through the enthusiasm coming from the packed bleachers. During a brief intermission, groups from the Sports Leadership Academies (PS 208 and Edward A. Reynolds) gave Beyoncé a run for her money with brilliantly choreographed dance routines (pictured at right). Following this demonstration of some of the other activities offered at the SLAs, the Plate and Cup finals were played. The Plate final featured PS20 against PS208 with PS20 emerging victorious. The Cup Final proved to be the highlight of the day, featuring a thrilling match between BGR and PS75 which resulted in a sudden death overtime match. BGR won the coin toss and scored a breakaway try through the middle of the pitch to win the game and thus the tournament!
This Sunday marks the 2nd Annual Harlem Rugby Cup. Good luck to all our teams playing and a big thank you to the Harlem Children's Zone for hosting us!