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Press Release

Free Sports Clinic Looks to Introduce Youth to the Sport of Rugby

Published on Sun, Jan 6, 2013 (11:59 a.m.)

Have you ever wanted to get your child active in a sport but are maybe fearful of the unknown? Things like: What Sport? What Age? What are the Risks? Is it worth it or will my child even like it? These are some of the questions that may cross your mind when trying to decide what sport, if any at all, you should get your child active into. Fortunately a local non-profit may have the answer for those and many other questions you may have.

This Saturday, January 12th, from 9am to 12:30pm at Charlie Frias Park the LVSportz Foundation is pleased to bring to our community a FREE Introduction to Youth Rugby Clinic that is being put on in conjunction with the Las Vegas Rugby Academy, The Las Vegas Blackjacks & the Jump for Joy Foundation.

In this unique clinic children ages 6 and up will learn about the game of Rugby, from the history of the game to the basic fundamentals of the game, from current and former Rugby players in a safe and fun environment. Participants will learn a variant of rugby called Rugby Touch (No Contact).

Participants and their parents (yes, we said the parents) will also learn the benefits of youth sports, the importance of proper youth sports development & positive sports participation, sports safety awareness and more.

“Getting our children active in sports is just half the battle” said Brian Bartolome, Executive Director of the LVSportz Foundation. He continued to say “Sports can contain many benefits that can be lost due to improper introduction and development. That coupled with an increase in youth sports injuries and negative experiences due to single sport specialization and overzealous parents and coaches is attributing to a 70% dropout rate of youth athletes by the time they reach high school.”

“Our goal is to offer children and their parents an opportunity to experience different sports without risking the cost of lost money from registration and equipment fees if the child doesn’t like the sport or if the child may be interested in the sport but is fearful to make a commitment to a sport they may not understand. This clinic and others like it that are in the works can hopefully ease those fears while giving the children and their parents the proper tools to make the most of their sports experiences.”

As an added bonus, participants will get a chance to watch a Real Rugby game directly after the clinic as the Las Vegas Blackjacks Men's Rugby Team takes on the Los Angeles Rugby Club at 1:00pm.

Parents interested in having their child participate in the clinic can go the LVSportz Foundation website at and click on flyer in the right column. Registration is Free but space is limited.

Media Alert: Local Media is encouraged to attend the clinic and talk to the participants, parents and organizers or take photos & video of the clinic. At the conclusion of clinic there will be a chance for media to take pictures and/or video of the entire group including the coaches, participants and organizers.

About the LVSportz Foundation: The LVSportz Foundation is a Las Vegas Non-Profit that Aims to Strengthen our Community through Positive Youth Sports Participation for Every Youth Regardless of Financial Standing and To Keep Our Local Youth Athletes Safe and In the Game!

We provide Youth Sports Development, Youth Coach Development, Financial Assistance, Youth Sports Safety Information, Positive Sports Parenting & Coaching Tools, Youth Sports News & Events as well Camps & Clinics for children 6 and up.

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