MEDSTAR National Rehab Hospital: Fall Rugby Tournament


Any thoughts or suggestions, email Gary here.
See the 2014 Medstar Tournament photo album here
2015 Tournament: see map, info and directions here.

On 22 November 2014, Great Falls Rugby hosted its first Annual Medstar National Rehab Hospital tournament in Great Falls village. This project was hastily put together by coach Gary Coetzee in an effort to honor the wonderful people at NRH and the hard work they perform to improve the quality of the lives of their patients. Gary himself is a patient at NRH following a neck injury and is able to walk again after being quadriplegic. Much of the credit goes to the therapists.

The tournament was used to raise awareness of the programs at NRH and was covered by both print and television news media. Gary agreed to a NBC news spot. A link to that coverage appears here. Unfortunately all the good rugby bits about encouraging people to come out got cut! A Connection article can be seen here. In all, $1570.02 was raised and all proceeds will support the National Rehab Hospital Spinal Cord Program. See the note from NRH here. Thank you to all the contributors for the wonderful generosity!

Great Falls Rugby is excited that Rugby Virginia has agreed to calendar the tournament as an annual event. The Tournament saw teams of all age groups from DC, Maryland as well as Virginia. These included both club rugby organizations and schools. Significantly, the tournament saw the first competitive Fall rugby competition between the younger tag/touch kids (U11, U9, U7). It was a successful day and fun was had by all. We look forward to 2015!

Any thoughts or suggestions, email Gary here.

Tournament 2015 is going to be bigger and better!

In Varsity and JV we are expecting Gonzaga, Roosevelt, St John's, Heights, Rochambeaux (French School) and DeMatha. Rugby VA and Great Falls will complete the round-up. We are hoping for Middle School teams, and we are expecting a lot of TAG teams to sign up.

Location: SEE ATTACHED
Time: 10am-5pm (to be confirmed)

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