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!
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.