Rugby teaches life lessons to inner city youth

Rugby teaches life lessons to inner city youth

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JOHN: MANY PEOPLE DREAM OF MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. FEW ARE ACTUALLY ACHIEVING IT. HE QUIT HIS JOB AS AN INVESTMENT BANKER TO FORM A NON-PROFIT. 5,500 KIDS IN NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, AND SAN FRANCISCO THAT ARE PART OF HIS PLAY RUGBY DROPOUT RATE. HE HAS THESE KIDS AT 100% GRADUATION RATE AND 100% GOING TO COLLEGE. MARK, HAPPY NEW YEAR. WHAT ARE YOU DOING DIFFERENT? BECAUSE YOU HAVE INNER CITY SCHOOLS. 60% GRADUATION RATE. YOU HAVE SOME GREAT SCHOOLS. I VISITED ONE OF YOUR SCHOOLS LAST TIME FAY WAS IN HARLEM. BUT FOR THE MOST OF PART EDUCATION IS FAILING INNER CITY KIDS. YOU HAVE COMPLETELY CHANGED THAT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING DIFFERENT?>>I THINK ULTIMATELY IT’S ABOUT GIVING KIDS THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE. BUT ONLY 50% OF THEM ARE NOT COLLEGE READY TORE LIFE READY. OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. ON DEVELOPING THOSE LIFE SKILLS. JOHN: YOU USE RUGBY. YOU WERE A FORMER RUGBY PLAYER. WHAT IS SPORTS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT?>>IF YOU HAVE THINK ABOUT RECREATIONAL SPORTS. BUT THEY DEVELOP THE ATHLETE, A SLFT PAY-TO-PLAY MODELS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS. IT’S PROVIDING SPORTS AS A VEHICLE TO DEVELOP THRIVE SKILLS AND MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE. NOT A PAY TO PLAY MODEL. JOHN: YOU WERE AN INVESTMENT BANKER FOR RBS. YOU HAD JUST GONGT A RAISE AND YOU QUIT TO GO FULL TIME WITH PLAY RUGBY U.S.A. WAS THAT SCARY? WHAT A LEAP OF FAITH THAT YOU TOOK.>>I WAS LUCKY AT THE TIME THAT I HAD SOME RESOURCES TO SUPPORT ME. I WAS ABLE TO. STOIFT WAS WORTH THE RISK AND ULTIMATELY I’M NOT SHIRE WOULD HAVE FAST FORWARDED 11 YEARS TO BE TOGETHER SAME THING. BUT I’M GLAD I HAVE DONE IT. JOHN: HUH ARE ITHN: HUH ARE IT.J: HUH ARE IT.JOHHUH ARE JOHN: HOW ARE YOU FUNDS? GOVERNMENT SUPPORT AND THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS 50%. OTHER IS CORPORATE DONATIONS. JOHN: THE DIFFERENCE YOU HAVE MADE IN THESE INNER CITIES IS HUGE. WOULD YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE THIS TO LOOK LIKE NEXT 5-10 YEARS.>>WE HAVE 10, 12 GRADES IN THE METRICS. I SET UP AN ORGANIZATION TO CONSOLIDATE THE NEEDS OF THE ENTIRE SECTOR. AND BASICALLY DELIVER SOLUTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE PLAY RUGBY U.S.A. TO FUND ESSENTIALLY THE PUBLIC IN PRIVATE SOLUTION. IT ULTIMATELY WOULD BE A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE CAPITAL TO ORGANIZATIONS LIKE PLAY RUGBY U.S.A. AND RETURNS TO INVESTORS. JOHN: YOU INFLUENCE PEOPLE YOU DON’T 10 KNOW. YOU STARTED YOU HAVE A PROGRAM AND A LOT OF KIDS HAVE BEEN

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