Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Association

Rating: 4.33 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 101 Eisele Road Cheswick PA 15024 USA

Mission: The PHRFA will develop and maintain a financially viable association by optimizing the use of its physical and human resources, for the purpose of providing community Rugby programs to inner city kids and youth groups throughout Allegheny county, and developing a more healthy and competitive rugby club.
Programs: The Pittsburgh Harlequins Youth Mentoring programs utilize the sport of Rugby as a mentoring tool to instill our core values of  Accountability, Responsibility, Teamwork, and School Matters.  Our mentors and coaches work with at-risk youth age 8-14 in the neighborhoods of Braddock, Homewood, Hazelwood and Garfield.  Over 200 youth participate annually from March to June, learning positive interaction with peers from other neighborhoods, as well as adults.  

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a rugby player and close friend to the Harlequins('Quins'), I have really been so inspired and impressed with how far they have come as a team and an organization.

When I am not home with my immediate family, the Harlequins are my family. They have fully supported me in all of my rugby endeavors. This year the Harlequins recommended me for the USA Rugby All-American Camp and at this camp, I was able to learn from both USA Women's Coaches. An opportunity like that could have never happened for me without their support.

Additionally, when I had opportunities to travel and play higher level rugby, the team has come together and helped me financially. I am so blessed for all they have done. Without their help I could have never been able to have those opportunities.

Lastly, this year I started a rugby team at Point Park University, The Quins were the first to help me get going. We now have a roster of over 35 gentlemen, Thanks to the Pittsburgh Harlequins. They deserve to be recognized for everything they do in our community as well.

Aside from helping players like me, they have an after school rugby program which I have spent some of my time volunteering with. This program provides an outlet for children in low- income neighborhoods to run around and experience a new sport. This program instills confidence and leadership in all of these children and gives them something to look forward to.

They really have demonstrated that rugby is way more than a sport. It is a way of life and it's about giving and growing. They have done just that.

Three cheers for the Harlequins for a job well done!



I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the community, the growth of rugby teams in the city of Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

absolutely nothing. They are doing an incredible job.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Harlequins do more than just play the game of rugby- they go into tough, inner-city neighborhoods as well as suburban schools and demonstrate the meaning of teamwork, responsibility, and reliability. They encourage kids to get off the couch and fall in love with a sport played around the world- all while providing a safe, fun environment for kids from different walks of life to interact in a constructive way which probably wouldn't happen otherwise.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with High school students and youth learn the game in the inner city.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work with them to be more well known. They are one of the best organizations working with youth in Pittsburgh that you have never heard of.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The Harlequins are a fantastic organization. They offer programs to the kids in and around Pittsburgh that teach responsibility and sportsmanship. They offer youth programs in neighborhoods that really need constructive things for kids to do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

From all walks. Neighborhood volunteers, a few parents, members of multiple rugby teams...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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