A Message from the executive director
Dear Supporters, Partners, and Friends,
Five years ago, I witnessed our kids begin to pioneer a tradition of excellence through rugby. I watched Donovan Norphlet - a rising basketball star - persevere through academic hardships just to get out on the pitch. I watched Marshall Anderson - a quiet, reserved, 8th grader - play his first ever match with the heart of a lion. Just 2 weeks ago I watched Donovan on national television playing in his 2nd consecutive D1 National Championship, right before watching Marshall graduate with a scholarship to college.
What these young men did transcends rugby. They blazed a trail into the unknown, playing a sport they had never heard of, and inspired their teammates to take on new challenges. They energized their communities and gave their schools something new to be proud of. Now, 3 full teams of girls follow in their historic footsteps – girls like JaVonii Merritt, who just graduated and signed a Division 1 scholarship to one of the most prestigious programs in America.
MICR coaches dedicate thousands of hours of their time to play pivotal roles in the lives of kids like Donovan, Marshall and JaVonii. As volunteers, they selflessly mentor, train, tutor, drive, love and push our kids to new heights. Passion overcomes fatigue for our incredible coaches, as they drive our mission forward year round, without an off-season, and without a salary.
Over the past 6 months, you may have seen our work featured by ESPN, NPR, Forbes, USA Today, and beyond. This exposure has been humbling and has helped us secure more resources for our students. Yet, despite the acclaim, we are still fighting tooth and nail to sustain our work in Memphis.
We currently operate on a shoe string budget, and lack the financial resources to hire our first full-time employee. In order to become a sustainable engine of change in Memphis, we need full time leadership. Our entire organization is committed to #changingthegame for decades to come, but we can't do it without your support.
We certainly could not have made it this far without the incredible contributions of volunteers, donors, parents, teachers and ruggers around the world. From all of us at MICR, to all of you, thank you for making year five our best yet! I can't wait to see what year six will bring!
UNFAMILIAR WITH RUGBY
EXPOSED TO GANGS/
SO EVERY KID GETS A
JERSEY, AND ALL THE
GEAR THEY NEED
SO SCHOOLS AND KIDS
DON'T HAVE TO PAY
TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY
AND CORE STRENGTH WHILE
TEACHES GRIT, RESPECT
LEADERSHIP AND DISCIPLINE
TO FACILITATE SCHOLARSHIPS AND CONNECT TO POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
FIRST, PROVIDES TUTORING,
TRAVEL | CAMPS
SO QUALIFYING STUDENTS
CAN PARTICIPATE IN TOP
DEVELOPMENT CAMPS AND
VISIT COLLEGES ACROSS
264 HOURS OF PROGRAMING PER STUDENT
BROUGHT TO WHERE IT HAS
INCREASE IN PROGRAM
INCREASE IN RACIAL AND
IN WEST TN RUGBY
INCREASE IN DIVISION 1
RUGBY BOUND ALUMNI
WEST TN 7s | RUNNER UP FPA GIRLS
WEST TN 7s | CHAMPIONS FPA BOYS
STATE BOWL | SEMI-FINALISTS PCA BOYS
WEST TN 7s | CHAMPIONS SOULS GIRLS
STATE BOWL | CHAMPIONS FPA GIRLS
STATE CUP | SEMI-FINALISTS SOULS GIRLS
U OF M
U of M
""Rugby Provides Youth with Promising Future"
- PENN MUTUAL
""How a 27-Year-Old Teacher Turned Founder Helped Inner City Teens Earn $4 Million in Scholarships""
""Find out How Memphis Inner City Rugby is #ChangingTheGame""
- ABC | LOCAL MEMPHIS 24
""Memphis Inner City Rugby Teens Getting a Field of Their Own""
- USA TODAY
""The Rugby Boys of Memphis""
- TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL | ESPN
ANNUAL COST PER STUDENT
COST PER-HOUR OF PROGRAMING
16-17 BUDGET $44,683
16-17 EXPENSES $40,236
THE CROMARTY FOUNDATION
HOPE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
R & C FAMILY FOUNDATION
THE ATLAS FOUNDATION
THE MAKING IT HAPPEN FOUNDATION
STEPHEN P. BRATKOWSKI FOUNDATION
THE POPLAR FOUNDATION
THE WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION
RODNEY L. WHITE FOUNDATION
Sponsored by Republic Services
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Teach for America Memphis '12
Shelby County Board of Education
Cole Pain Therapy Group
Lead Content Developer | MobyMax
Associate Managing Director | Metropolitan Bank
ED | Workforce Investment Network
Managing Director | United Capital
Dr. Steevon Hunter
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Asst. Store Manager | lululemon Memphis
Principal | Power Center Academy
Co-Founder | RYOT
VP | Operation Blessing International
Principal | The Soulsville Charter School
COO | Agape North
Dr. Richard Cole
Chairman of the Board
Head Coach | University of Memphis Rugby
Chairman | Memphis Rugby Foundation
185 S Edgewood St
MEMPHIS, TN 38104