RUNY’S COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO VISIT 3 SCHOOLS THIS WEEK
By Kiera Fitzgibbon
Rugby United New York is ringing in the new year traveling to local schools and sharing the exciting world of rugby! This week, members of the RUNY team will travel with Community Outreach Director, Alex MacDonald, to three schools to talk about how getting involved in sports teaches students life long skills that will aid in their personal and academic development.
“It’s super exciting to visit schools and share what makes rugby such a great sport to play,” shared Alex. “And I’m happy that other guys from the team and RUNY staff are coming along with me this week; it’s gonna be a lot of fun!”
Here are the schools the Community Outreach Team is visiting this week!
Wednesday, January 8
High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow, Brooklyn, New York
The team will visit High School for Public Service to speak to the various classes about sports as a vehicle of personal development. The team will also check out the school’s Urban Farm and learn more about its community service program.
Alex MacDonald will be joined by owner James Kennedy on this visit.
Thursday, January 9
Curtis High School, Staten Island, New York
Alex and the team will spend the whole day at Curtis High School, visiting classrooms to share important values and lessons they’ve learned through playing rugby. Currently, the high school has an active women’s team but the RUNY members hope that through their visit and their proximity to the high school for training at Wagner that this relationship will lead to Curtis developing a full rugby program in the next couple of years.
Alex will be joined by James Kennedy, Assistant CoachTiff Fa’ae’e, Troy Lockyear, Colby Marshall and Jordan Mariney.
Friday, January 9
P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont, Brooklyn, New York
Rugby United New York is the special guest for P.S. 31’s Fabulous Friday, which invites professionals to speak to the students about their careers. The team will spend the day at P.S. 31, working with the students during their P.E. classes. Members of the squad will give an introductory overview on rugby, run them through some drills and share how great it is to get involved in sports starting at a young age.
Owner James Kennedy, Alex MacDonald, Ben Foden, JP Aguirre and Troy Lockyear will represent Rugby United New York during the visit.
“Sports are a perfect platform for personal growth,” Alex told us. “I got into baseball because my dad and I would watch the Atlanta Braves each Sunday growing up. Once I started playing, I met a bunch of athletes who played multiple sports and that’s how I got into basketball and rugby.”
“The sports community gave me the opportunity to expand my skillset and I firmly believe I am a better person because of it.”
Thank you to the schools for inviting RUNY to visit this week. Be on the lookout for a School Visit Recap next week from our team!
Best of luck to our Community Outreach Program – let’s #GrowTheGame!
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