The Urban Rugby Championship held across 2 days was the latest adventure of the Atlas USA branch.

Washington DC, Chicago, Memphis, Dallas and Los Angeles were amongst the cities who attended the event. Atlas paid for all the transport, flights, hotels, food and drink for every child, coaches and support staff. Out of the 25 children coming from Memphis, only 21 had ever been on a plane before!

Despite the uncharacteristic storms for LA, a far cry from the sunny spells you may hope to see, the day was a roaring success. The children played their hearts out in the rain, working together as a team to score tries and defend counter-attacks, making their tackles with spirit and grit.

Afterwards, students speakers in the RugbyLA Suite event on Saturday afternoon told us it was mission accomplished. They didn’t talk of wins and losses, but rather the thrill and excitement they had playing in the rain; they talked about making new friends; they talked about getting out of their comfort zone, on and off the pitch, having the time of their lives.