“We want to help develop people, and create leaders in the community. Teams can create a sense of unity amongst peers, and we hope the students can learn the game while applying the PACE core-values (People Development, Accountability, Create Change, Execution) into their daily lives,” said Rugby ATL Academy Director, Neethling Gericke.
Participants were led by a coaching staff led by players from Major League Rugby, the USA Women’s National Team, and Professional Women’s 7s Rugby. Students had the unique opportunity of learning positive leadership qualities and rugby skills from some of the best players in the country. The fun, exciting and welcoming environment that resulted from this, was an added bonus for everyone involved.
“Having MLR work with our Marietta Community School’s afterschool students has been an excellent addition to our ASP program. It allows students to engage in physical activity in a safe and fun environment while teaching them sportsmanship and leadership. We look forward to continuing this partnership into the spring semester,” said Delores Wiley ASP/BSP and Camp Program Coordinator for Marietta City Schools.
After just ten weeks of programming, over 250 students from Mission 1:27, Lockheed, AL Burruss, and Dunleith Elementary Schools worked together to demonstrate how the PACE values can help you become a good leader and teammate, but also how much fun playing a new sport with your friends can be.
In fact, there was an overall 72% increase in participation, including back-to-back weeks where Dunleith Elementary recorded weekly highs of 70+ students in the session.
Rugby ATL along with program partners, SA White Oil Company, Spratlin & Son Construction, Walton Communities, and Fox Dogs, will be providing students with bookbags, notebooks and new athletic gear for their 2022 academic semesters and after school programs.