The mission of Play Rugby USA is to use the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire youth, primarily from underserved communities, to go forward and realize their true potential.
From humble beginnings back in 2003 as a weekend rugby program for homeless youth in Brooklyn, Play Rugby USA has grown to become a leader in not only the promotion of grassroots rugby in underserved communities but as a principal driver in the growing national effort to promote Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) as an effective vehicle for addressing critical socio-economic challenges faced by so many American children.
Play Rugby USA’s intentionally designed curriculum cultivates character, builds skills, and develops lifelong habits of mind and body, achieving powerful, tangible results and outcomes that can be seen on the field, in the classroom and throughout the communities they serve.
Their rally cry is #GoForward, with the firm belief that together we can create a better world through rugby.
All of Play Rugby USA’s mentors have taken Coaching Corps’ Coaching For Youth Development course, which has helped to teach the mentors how to structure play sessions that work towards social and emotional learning outcomes. This represents just one of the many coaching online tools Coaching Corps provides for Play Rugby USA in order to empower their mentors to stay up to date with the latest trends in sports-based youth development.