Offside Chats: Alex MacDonald
This is: OFFSIDE CHATS- where Rugby United New York athletes, coaches, and staff give you never before seen insights into the inner workings of a professional rugby team. Each week, a member of the organization will write a blog discussing any topic they see fit.
This is Alex MacDonald, and it’s safe to say I’ve never written a blog before, so be easy on me!
Although we are out of the Major League Rugby season, it hasn’t been much of an offseason for me. There is so much to improve on, so I’ve been playing with Old Blue in the Atlantic Rugby Premiership to try and stay sharp. I’ve really been working on my tackling, ball carrying, and lineout operation.
As of September, I’ve been working full-time in the RUNY office, putting my degrees to work and trying to help grow the organization for our second season. As the Community Outreach Director, I travel almost daily to a school or rugby club in the tri-state area. Most recently, we visited the British international school, Brooklyn Tech, Pelham High School, and Fordham University.
We are looking to build relationships with the local community, school kids, and rugby players. However, we are also using these visits to spread our values of inclusion, teamwork, respect, and integrity. At RUNY, we use sport as a platform for individuals of all cultures and classes to come together to learn and play rugby. We want to help others succeed and grow professionally on and off the field.
If your school or club wants a visit from RUNY, let us know, we would love to help take your game to the next level!
A few fun facts about me then: I know most quotes from most movies, I should’ve been a Pirate, if I even slightly like a song I will likely SHAZAM it while awkwardly dancing and I have a true weakness for pizza slices. How rugby of me.
I’m looking forward to a more successful second season for Rugby United New York and the opportunity to once again play the sport I love and represent all of you as best as I can.
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