The UConn Men’s Rugby Club prides itself on playing at the top level of collegiate rugby on the pitch, and also having a large presence in the UConn community through volunteering. This past semester we were able to give back to the community in a myriad of ways, totaling 312 hours of community service.
First and foremost, the club took part in UConn’s annual dance marathon, Huskython. Members of the club raised over $6,000 to be donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and worked with the Klimkosky family to give there son Colin an unforgettable night. Participants played games with Colin while he was present, and then danced through the night for a total of 18 straight hours throughout the dance marathon. Volunteers helped with the operations of the event, including set up, check in, and hourly activities.
The Men’s Rugby Club was also able to volunteer at two Special Olympic events during the Spring semester. The first event was the Special Olympics Smile Mile. The Smile Mile is an R-word awareness event that aims to create an environment of inclusivity. Volunteers assisted in setting up and breaking down equipment for the event. The Husky Classic Soccer Tournament was a Special Olympics event that saw athletes of all ages compete in soccer games throughout the day. Additionally, there were activities run in the Olympic village for the athletes to enjoy during their down time. Volunteers from the Men’s Rugby team participated in a variety of roles including check in, Olympic village helpers, and team escorts.
The team also participated in other smaller events in the community. Members helped with various on UConn events such as “Campus Clash” and the involvement fair. Furthermore, a food drive was run with all money and food collected going to the Hope Lutherans Church located near Storrs Center. Lastly, members volunteered at a nearby soup kitchen throughout the semester.