What a week it's been for Shane Young and Calvin Gentry of Memphis Inner City Rugby!
The Atlas Foundation has supported this Memphis based charity to turn around the lives and educational achievement of boys and girls in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the USA.
We were delighted to invite Coach and MICR Founder, Shane Young, and MICR graduate, Calvin Gentry, to speak to Atlas supporters at Jason Leonard's Annual Dinner. We also organised a training session for Calvin with the Harlequins Rugby Club and a big thanks to all at Harlequins Foundation for helping host the boys, allowing Calvin to train with the Harlequins 1st XV, meeting his idols in the process and making Calvin feel like part of the first team - all the players were top class and took to him immediately. An experience he'll surely never forget!
It was inspiration to hear them speak about the work they've done with MICR and how it has helped people like Calvin. Even Jonny Wilkinson couldn't captivate a room the way they did! Shane so brilliantly put it to the room that the work Atlas Foundation does is invaluable and many projects wouldn't be able to continue without our help.
Thanks also should go to Tristan Aylward from Ram Rugby for helping look after the guys and taking them down to Haywards Heath RFC to show them what English grassroots rugby looks like! They certainly found it different and quite the experience!