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Our annual MedStar National Rehab Hospital benefit tournament

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 is used to raise awareness of the programs at NRH and benefits the Medstar Adaptive Sports Programs. More info can be found here: MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

MedStar 2019 brings out the numbers!

This year Old Glory Rugby was on-site and offered live ticket sales as well as 20% vouchers off of Old Glory gear for everyone that came to the booth. Games were run on 3 fields at the same time from 9am in the morning. Gonzaga won the Varsity bracket and Great Falls the JV and u15 brackets. In all, $1,200 was raised for MedStar Rehab.

Level of play offered: Coed TAG (Prek-4TH GRADE), Youth Boys tackle, Middle School Boys tackle, and High School Boys (JV & V).

o See the 2019 Medstar Tournament photo album here
o See the 2019 Medstar Tournament photo album winning JV team here
o Read The Connection 2019 article here
o Read the GOFF RUGBY REPORT article here

Previous Years:

MedStar 2014 debuts strong!

In all, in our first year, $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 was excited that Rugby Virginia had 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 ever 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! The event 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!

Go look at TV spot on Gary Coetzee's injury here
o Read The Connection 2014 pre-tournament article here.
o See the 2014 Medstar Tournament photo album here
o Read The Connection 2014 post-tournament article here

MedStar 2015 bigger and better!

Sunday 22 November was a beautiful, chilly and unusually busy day in Great Falls, as Great Falls Rugby hosted its second annual MedStar tournament. Approximately 20 teams from all over the metro-DC area participated in the day-long event raising funds for important research. It was fantastic to see rugby being played on three fields at the same time!

Great Falls Rugby is proud to sponsor this annual event for kids aged 5 - 18 and is extremely grateful to the Great Falls community for their support of the event. Representatives of Katie's Coffee House and the Sci-Math School of Great Falls braved the cold to help keep the kids and parents warm with hot chocolate, coffee and treats.

Ayoba-Yo (South African style sausage and treats), Kiwi Pies and ASPIRE Beverages also provided food and drink with part of the proceeds going to the cause. It was great to see some of MedStar's therapists and wheelchair rugby players taking in the day's action.

Congratulations to Rugby Virginia's high school team for winning the "varsity" bracket and to Gonzaga College High School for winning the U-17 pool.

o See the 2015 Medstar Tournament photo album here
o Read The Connection 2015 post-tournament article here

MedStar 2016 creates a lot of activity in the village!

The GF MedStar Benefit Tournament kicked off on a very brisk and early morning, 20 November 2016.

Once again, the tournament raises awareness of the programs at NRH and the great work done in those programs to improve the quality of the lives of their patients. Your participation ensures that the club can cover all the costs of the tournament and provides a meaningful donation to the Medstar Research Program, as usual in the range of $1,300.00.

Great Falls Youth Rugby thanks the community for coming out to support players, as well as sponsors and vendors: Cuisine Solutions, Strang Orthodontics, Glory Days, Kiwi pies and Buenda’dillas.

o See the 2016 Medstar Tournament photo album here
o Read The Connection 2016 post-tournament article here

MedStar 2017 brings out the numbers!

Great Falls Village was once again a busy place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. On Nov. 19, Great Falls Youth Rugby hosted its fourth annual tournament to benefit the spinal cord injury research and recovery programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Great Falls Youth Rugby thanks the community for coming out to support players, as well as sponsors and vendors: Cuisine Solutions, and Kiwi pies.

o View the 2017 Medstar Tournament photo album here for Tackle and here for TAG
o Read The Connection 2017 pre-tournament article here

MedStar 2018: GF hosts 5th Benefit Tournament!

Great Falls Village was once again a busy place on Nov. 17, where our local Youth Rugby Club hosted its 5th annual tournament to benefit the spinal cord injury research and recovery programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Congratulations to Legion for winning the Varsity bracket, beating Gonzaga in the final! Our Great Falls group went undefeated and won the u15 bracket. Our very young and new u13 players did well to hold their own in their group.

Great Falls Youth Rugby thanks the community for coming out to support players, as well as sponsors and vendors: Cuisine Solutions, Nandos South African style chicken, and Kiwi pies.

o View the 2018 Medstar Tournament photo album here for HS Tackle, and here for u15 Tackle and here for TAG
o Read The Connection 2018 pre-tournament article here





Year 2016: preparing the MedStar Benefit Tournament