2016 Support Play Rugby at A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids

Benefiting: Youth INC
Hosted by:Office Administrator
The Waldorf Astoria, Grand Ballroom map 301 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022
Goal: $75,000
$67,525 4 90% Complete

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"In 8th grade I was going on 400lbs and falling into great depression due to my eating disorder bulimia.Then I started playing rugby, and now I am in my senior year and I weigh 205lbs and my teammates are like family.”
- Lelyss, PRUSA Academy Participant, High School Senior

Lelyss is one of so many girls in our program who have positively transformed their outlook, through rugby. Play Rugby USA provides a place where she can belong, in a city where many young people do not have that basic need taken care of at home or in their community. Lelyss is now focused on college and rugby will be her vehicle for getting there.

Fact: 33% of American 3rd graders are overweight, 70% will stay that way;100% will experience social challenges.

Fact: 34% of NYC youth drop out of high school and only 23% are college ready.

At Play Rugby USA our mission is to use the unique power of rugby to inspire and empower youth, primarily from underserved communities, to go-forward and realize their true potential.

We serve 3,500 boys (60%) and girls (40%) during out-of-school-time hours through partnerships with 150 schools and youth organizations per year. Our participants are constantly problem solving, goal setting, and challenging themselves, through a series of structured games, physical activities, and competitions. We use these activities, and connections to their coach, to empower participants to exhibit values, beliefs and behaviors that ultimately enable them to maximize their potential on and off the field.

Our results:
88% of our participants improve their fitness
82% improve their academic performance

95% develop a trusting relationship with their coach-mentor
100% of our high school Academy students graduate on time
100% of our high school Academy seniors enroll in college

Your support will mean we can serve 10 more schools, increasing our reach to 250 more kids!




A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids


Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Waldorf Astoria, Grand Ballroom
New York, NY

6:30 PM – Cocktail Reception and Live Entertainment
7:00 PM – Feature Presentation honoring 14 of New York City's most promising youth-serving nonprofits
7:15 PM – Cocktail Reception and Live Entertainment Continue
9:30 PM – Reception Concludes

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The Celebration Fundraising Training Program

Each year, Youth INC annual "Celebration" fundraising training program provides as many as 14 nonprofits with a coach who trains Executive Leadership and Board Members to more effectively raise funds from individuals and corporations.

Since 1994, Youth INC has:

  • Trained more than 130 nonprofits through "Celebration"
  • Coached Celebration partners to collectively raise $16 million
  • Placed almost 200 corporate professionals as nonprofit board members
  • Directly invested $2 million in capacity building grants

About Youth INC

Youth INC harnesses the energy and talent of New York's brightest minds in business to help high-performing, grassroots organizations deliver opportunities for New York City's children. Our holistic approach, long-term partnerships, and customized programs work in concert with each other to help organizations to achieve sustainable growth.

Your gift to Youth INC for A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids will directly support your chosen nonprofit organization. Your gift does not go towards Youth INC’s operating costs or the costs of producing the gala event. In fact, if your chosen nonprofit achieves their fundraising goal, they are eligible receive more than the amount of your gift.

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