Play Rugby USA is a non-profit on a mission of “Developing Youth Through Rugby” with over 5,000 students served yearly in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The organization works with students at various Elementary, Middle and High Schools and uses the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire youth, primarily from underserved communities, to go forward and realize their true potential.e.

Founder Mark Griffin – who is a former USA 15s Eagle – was awarded his MBE from the Queen in 2015 for his amazing work in youth development in the United States over the past decade.


The Los Angeles program is run by former USA 7s Eagle Dallen Stanford – who has been responsible from expanding it’s reach from 6 to 135 schools over the past 7 years.

Stanford was awarded the Athletes in Excellent Award by the Global Sports Foundation in 2014 for his work in youth development.