Rugby United New York to Participate in Rugby Match at the United Nations to Promote Inclusion and Overcome Inequalities
NEW YORK (September 11, 2019) – A rugby match at the United Nations Secretariat during the United Nations General Assembly will demonstrate how sports can be a vehicle for breaking down social and gender barriers. The event will take place on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 PM, with the demonstration match set to kick off at 6:15 PM. This game is the result of a new partnership between New York’s professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York (RUNY) and UNFPA, the United Nations’ sexual and reproductive health agency.
The United Nations recognizes sport as an important means to promote peace, tolerance and cultural understanding. RUNY and UNFPA are committed to work together in a global movement to eliminate discrimination and promote the empowerment and inclusion of people who are the furthest behind through the power of sport. As part of the collaboration, RUNY will participate in the UNFPA Inclusion to Equality Champions campaign, which is kicking off this fall. The campaign utilizes sports and youth participation as a platform through which young people can develop confidence and learn skills needed to reach their full potential on and off the field. The rugby match at the UN Secretariat is the first public event under this campaign.
RUNY Owner James Kennedy, along with UNFPA representatives and members of the rugby teams, are expected to speak at the match.
“We are honored to partner with the United Nations, and specifically UNFPA,” stated Rugby United New York owner James Kennedy. “I have always believed that sport is a catalyst for spreading positive messages. I am thrilled we are able to share our values on a broader scale due to this partnership.”
Rugby United New York enjoyed a successful inaugural Major League Rugby season which saw them reach the Championship Series’ Semi-Finals. The 2020 schedule, which now features an Eastern and Western conference system, is expected to be released this fall.
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.
About Major League 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.
UNFPA is delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA works in more than 150 countries and territories.
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