CommRUNYity Report- JANUARY 16
This is CommRUNYity Report, where we share how our Community Outreach Program is spreading rugby and the RUNY values in and around New York City schools and rugby clubs!
Last week was action-packed for the Community Outreach Program. Director Alex MacDonald was joined by several members of the RUNY Squad and Staff to visit the High School for Public Service, Curtis High School and P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont.
At the High School for Public Service, Alex and owner James Kennedy toured the school’s student-run urban farm. Originally created through a school club, the students work together to plant and grow the produce to sell to members of the local community.
“It was great to see a different way to give back to the community,” Alex shared. “These students are encouraging a healthy lifestyle to their peers and community, which I think is a great way to inspire other students to get involved in something bigger than themselves.”
The school is looking for volunteers for farm management and through learning more about it on this school visit, owner James Kennedy is excited to see how RUNY can get involved.
Next, the team visited Curtis High School in Staten Island. With the team training at Wagner College, RUNY wants to build strong relationships with local schools and rugby programs. Alex was joined by James Kennedy, Assistant Coach Tiff Fa’ae’e, Dylan Fawsitt, Troy Lockyear, Paddy Ryan, Marcus Walsh, Cathal Marsh and Colby Marshall.
“The boys were great at helping encourage the students to get involved,” James Kennedy told us. “Having a large player group allowed the students to learn from a wide skill set and get the individual attention that motivates them to participate in the rugby drills.”
The group met with every P.E. class during their visit. Members of the team talked about their personal athletic careers and the valuable life skills they learned through sports. These skills, such as discipline, respect and teamwork, will aid in the students’ academic and professional career. The team shared that many employers will see involvement in a sports team on a resume and know that the individual has the necessary skills to succeed in a work environment.
“You get much more out of playing sports than you realize,” Dylan shared with the students.
During each P.E. class, the RUNY athletes ran Rugby 101 drills with the students, such as passing lanes and relay races. The students were very interested in the drills and rugby in general, with many signing up after the sessions to learn how to get involved in local rugby programs.
To end the week, the RUNY team traveled to Brooklyn to visit P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont. Matt Wirken, JP Aguirre, Troy Lockyear, Ben Foden and James Kennedy attended this visit with Alex. The team ran through Rugby 101 drills with the P.E. classes, working with 2nd graders and younger.
“They were more excited that the group of us were there than about rugby,” Ben said. “It was great to see how our visit made a huge impact on their day.”
The students were very enthusiastic and engaged throughout the day. They were encouraging each other in the relay races and drills. The RUNY athletes were happy to see the kids get so excited about competing in these drills and their high energy was one of the highlights of the visit. The athletes also visited classrooms and encouraged the students to get involved in sports by sharing how it’s helped them grow as a person.
“Watching the reaction on the kids’ faces when we showed them the sport of rugby made my day,” JP shared with us. “The kids loved it!”
Thank you to High School for Public Service, Curtis High School and P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont for having us this past week. We hoped you enjoyed the sessions and hope to see you at a match in the 2020 season!
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