NOLA Gold Rugby Foundation
NOLA Gold Rugby Foundation:
Impacting the Community
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The NOLA Gold Rugby Foundation engages underserved young people in our community by providing trained coaches and equipment to youth sport rugby programs. Through such programs, young people learn leadership, discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, professionalism and perseverance — keys to success in rugby and life. Our mission is to grow the sport of youth rugby.
LOUISIANA AIR NATIONAL GUARD PARTNERSHIP
The Foundation works with the Louisiana Air National Guard to provide an opportunity for 100% reimbursement of college tuition.
LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD FOUNDATION
The Foundation works with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global leader in youth sports programming, to establish social impact goals and outcomes.
PARTNERSHIP WITH DILLARD FOR A PATHWAY TO COLLEGE
We will engage with the university’s social outreach program and work to support increased college enrollment.
ALIGNMENT WITH NOLA GOLD RUGBY ACADEMY
The Foundation has established NOLA Gold Rugby Academy as a pathway for training and potential for becoming a professional rugby athlete.
The Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of NOLA Gold Rugby franchise, has expanded its scope this year to support various organizations with which we have a community bond. These organizations include Spina Bifida of Louisiana & the “Joey Traylor Memorial Fund”, Within Reach School for Autism (helping with family support), Fisher House (supplies lodging for families of hospitalized Veterans), Cafe Hope (a job skills training program for at-risk youth), and the American Cancer Society. Please ask us about our involvement next time we get together or at our next game. Our organization from Owner, Front Office, Coaches, Foundation, and the Board of Directors has a Manifesto which outlines our mission to help our youth and use our relationship to change lives to make a better community.
THE FUTURE IN NEW ORLEANS
The Foundation has a couple projects in the works. We have adopted a multi school girls’ team called the Barbarian in the East. We have currently re-establishing the multi-school Westbank team called the Barracudas and are working with Louisiana Rugby to provide youth rugby program for the Gretna Recreation Department. We provide scholarships to summer touring High School Louisiana Exile all-star team and host and support the State Championship Game.
FROM NEW ORLEANS TO THE MAJOR LEAGUE
Together with the City of New Orleans, the foundation is working to become a model program for the establishment of a Major League Rugby Foundation and expand model to all Major League Rugby cities.
A CULTURE OF IMPACT
The leadership of NOLA Gold Rugby has a rich history of establishing and maintaining nonprofit foundations that impact the community. NOLA Gold leaders are founders of Louisiana Rugby Corporation, a nonprofit organization established in 2011 tied to the New Orleans Rugby Football Club established in 1973. Several NOLA Gold front-office personnel currently sit on the boards of local nonprofits and charitable organizations. In addition, founders of the organization have aligned the NOLA Gold Rugby Foundation’s mission with counterparts on both sides of the river, assisting in the formation of Cafe Reconcile on the Eastbank and Cafe Hope on the Westbank. These programs provide Life Skills and Job Skills Training.
CONTACT THE FOUNDATION
For more information about donating to the foundation, learning more about programming, volunteering at an event or scheduling a joint fundraiser, contact Don Boyd at [email protected] or call (504) 50RUGBY.
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