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Rugby Arizona is pleased to announce the selection of Kelsea Thompson as our Executive Director. Ms. Thompson will help us provide our Youth and High School Rugby stakeholders – players, parents, coaches, and referees – with heightened communications, match results management, game day logistics, marketing and promotion, relationship development, USA Rugby coordination, and other key support for our rugby community.
A native of New York and former D1 track and field athlete, Kelsea Thompson was introduced to rugby in her sophomore year of college, where she started three years at outside center for SUNY Oneonta and also served as club president. In addition to graduating with a degree in communications and a minor in athletic coaching, Ms. Thompson also coached track and field at her alma mater as well as conducted sports operations for two sports complexes.
We are excited to have Ms. Thompson on board in this inaugural role, as Rugby Arizona looks to raise the bar for the sport of rugby in our great state. Please join us in welcoming her to our community.
Yours in Rugby,
President, Rugby Arizona 2019-2020
Rugby Arizona’s mission is to develop and grow the sport of rugby for all youth within the State of Arizona. Our goals are to provide a safe and fair sporting environment, and to develop youth character by introducing the values of rugby into a team sport experience that will endure for a lifetime.
Rugby Arizona is the sanctioned governing body for all age-grade rugby union activities in the state of Arizona under the national jurisdiction of USA Rugby and the global jurisdiction of World Rugby. Founded in 2003, Rugby Arizona initially provided a program for high school boys rugby. In 2011, grade school youth divisions were added and in 2016 a focus was added for high school and grade school girls.
Rugby Arizona is organized as a club sport in our local communities to promote participation in rugby as a way for our youth to stay active and healthy, learn teamwork and sportsmanship, and combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency by following the World Rugby Playing Charter Core Values of Integrity, Passion, Solidarity, Discipline and Respect. We facilitate our youth achieving physical activity and fitness through organizing and participating in regional, national and international amateur rugby competition.
We currently have clubs running in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Show Low. Find a club near you and give rugby a try!