Jake Feury Makes a Difference
NEW YORK (August 1, 2018)- Each Major League Rugby team is deeply invested in its respective community. Professional athletes have a unique way to inspire those around them, and often have a more powerful voice than the average person. Rugby United New York player Jake Feury has made a commitment to helping those less fortunate than him and making his voice heard.
This past weekend, Jake donated his hair to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The donations look to provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
“The last time I got a ‘big’ haircut was in March of 2015,” Feury told us. “So, my hair had been growing for three years before I cut it. I already miss it, but the ‘mane’ will grow back eventually. I just need to be patient! Hopefully there is a young kid who is made happy from this in the meantime.”
Cutting off a few inches from his hair was not the only recent change in Jake’s life, however. He announced that his day-job, working in the National Football League headquarters, would be taking him to London for the next few months. Jake is a member of the NFL’s Junior Rotational Program. This two-year program is offered to recent college graduates and allows every member to rotate throughout four different departments for six months each.
“I was offered the opportunity to work for the NFL after interning there for two summers during my college years. I started off interning in the Club Business Development department, and then my second summer moved to the Sponsorships department.”
After two summers working in the midtown Manhattan office, Jake was offered a position in the Rotational Program. He started in the Broadcasting department, and is now working in the Club and Labor Finance department.
“This program was definitely the perfect first job for me,” Feury said. “I am so grateful for the opportunity they gave me.”
When Jakes moves to London, he will be working in the International Business Development group out of the league’s office in London. He is currently in the process of evaluating what rugby club he will be playing for while abroad.
“From an industry perspective, I thought this rotation would be a great fit. International expansion is a huge growth opportunity for the NFL. It will be interesting to be a part of that process. Moreover, I knew it would be a great opportunity to develop as a rugby player. My hope is to come back from London as an improved player from our exhibition season, and build off of my performances from then.”
Jake was an important piece of the RUNY puzzle during their 2018 exhibition season. He came on as an impact sub when the team beat the Boston Mystics for the first time. He immediately broke the line to set up a long-range Mike Petri try. It was only a glimpse of the potential the young player from Denville, New Jersey possesses. He went on to start at inside center in the last game of the season, another win over the rivals from the north.
“Our win at Gaelic Park against Boston was a night to remember for me. Being able to play in the first ever professional rugby match in New York City was an honor. I’m grateful to the ownership and the staff for providing me that opportunity,” he told us. “Throughout the exhibition season, I learned that there are number of small things that can’t be overlooked to succeed at this level. I know what I need to work on throughout the year to help me improve moving forward.”
While Feury is focused on moving to London right now, and locking down a club to play for, he can’t help but think of the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is not shy about his ambitions for the organization.
“My number one goal is to help Rugby United New York bring home a Major League Rugby Championship to our city.”
About Rugby United New York
Rugby United New York is a professional rugby team who joined Major League Rugby as an associate member in 2018, playing a brief, but successful exhibition season. Their first full MLR schedule will take place in 2019. When they officially join the league, RUNY’s vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the New York sports landscape. The use of rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, and discipline will help to educate, inspire and connect with the New York Community. Rugby United New York, the city’s first professional rugby franchise, strives to unite the entire rugby community and enrich it at every level throughout the region. The team was founded by James Kennedy of the Murphy Kennedy Group, who is an active supporter of grassroots rugby.
MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information, visit usmlr.com.
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