Laureus Academy Member and All Blacks rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick visited Play Rugby USA to inspire local kids.
Fitzpatrick, who is the second most-capped New Zealand player of all time, said “I believe we can use sport to change lives”. He answered student questions about why he retired, what emphasis should be placed on winning, as well as how he got involved in rugby.
He taught students how to do the Haka, the All Blacks legendary pre-match chant, and joined in on the practice where the students were learning technique for how to catch the rugby ball.
Play Rugby USA has become a beacon of hope in the community and a shining light for sport for development programs everywhere about how to deliver excellent quality programming.
This visit comes just one day after Fitzpatrick and Laureus USA joined with Captain’s Knock for a fundraising event in New York City called Rugby Legends, which benefitted the Boys & Girls Club of America and Laureus USA.
Laureus USA supports Up2Us, whose Coach Across America program trains coaches serving at Play Rugby USA in New York.