COMMRUNYITY REPORT- JANUARY 23
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!
By Kiera Fitzgibbon
On Wednesday, Alex and Dylan traveled to Madison, New Jersey to visit Torey J. Sabatini Elementary School. They were joined by KJ Feury, who is the President of Rugby New Jersey, to share the fun aspects of rugby and how it teaches students life-long skills.
“It was great to have KJ there to talk to the students about playing rugby in New Jersey,” Alex shared. “There are so many options for these students, from flag rugby all the way to contact. Rugby has a strong presence in New Jersey.”
“KJ’s passion for the game was very clear during the visit and it was amazing to see the students so engaged,” Dylan said.
The group worked with the school’s P.E. teacher, Adam Gerenstein, to run drills and answer questions with three P.E. classes. The athletes showed highlights from last season and invited students to ask questions. Alex shared that students were curious about different aspects of the game, such as scrums and mauls, and how they function in a match. They also asked about the range of rugby athletes’ physicality and how their roles and responsibilities differ on the field.
Next, Alex and Dylan coached the students through various drills: running relays, passing relays and attacking lines. The session ended with some mini games and the guys signing autographs for the students. “It was a great afternoon to grow the game and to see the students get so excited about rugby,” said Dylan.
Alex and Dylan also attended the after school’s young professional club, which hosts visitors every week talking about their professions. The club invites visitors who have different jobs than what the students are familiar with to expose them to different career pathways. The guys worked on drills with the group and Alex was surprised by how quickly the students picked up on rugby skills.
“They were a good, smart group that quickly learned resetting,” Alex said. “We showed them how to reset when passing the ball and within a couple of run throughs, they picked it up.”
The day ended with pizza and cannolo rollatini from Tino’s Artisan Pizza Company. It was a great way to end the visit and the cannolo rollatini was a big hit with the group. “It was a gift from above!”
Thank you to Torey J. Sabatini 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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