The Office of Student Life at the Loudoun Campus is proud to announce the introduction of the first ever Rugby Student Leadership Program. This program outlines a curriculum designed to provide student participants an opportunity for physical fitness, to learn a new sport, and develop a sense of community on campus while teaching important leadership skills outside of the classroom.
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. The greater Washington, DC area is home to a large number of youth and high school programs, college teams, and senior clubs, and will soon boast one of only 14 professional teams in the country. Loudoun’s Student Life team is looking to capitalize on the sport’s momentum in the region to give our students a one-of-a-kind leadership and athletic experience.
“We hear all the time that our students are interested in opportunities for athletics and fitness on campus,” said Mike McMillon, Student Life Specialist at Loudoun. McMillon has been involved in rugby around the country as a player, coach and administrator for the past 12 years. “I look at how big and diverse our student population is, not just in our demographics but in our student’s experiences and realized there is really something in this program for everyone. Combine all of that with the amount of green, open space our campus has and we figured, ‘let’s give this a try!’”
The Rugby Student Leadership Program will host several high level guest coaches throughout its six-weeks, including a former U.S. national team coach, a World Cup champion, former captain of the U.S. national team and the only North American rugby referee on the Rugby World Series circuit. Additionally, area businesses and organizations are eager to get involved to help enhance the student experience.
“The interest in this type of student leadership development from professionals throughout the rugby and business communities has been incredible. We cannot wait to show them how awesome our NOVA students really are,” said McMillon.
Practices are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April 26.
For more information, contact Mike McMillon or follow @nvcc_nighthawks_rugby on Instagram .