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Friday, 13 July 2012 14:21

Former Rugby Pro Brings Rugby to Local Youth

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lvra-vahaWhile playing rugby in the NA4 (USA Rugby)in 2008, former USA National Rugby and Las Vegas Blackjacks player Vaha Esikia tore his ACL, and the enforced layoff had him bouncing off the walls. His wife Siva encourages him to get out of the house and teach his sons (3 boys) to play rugby. What started as a pastime for the family grew to kids from the neighborhood playing. In 2009, Vaha with the help of his wife formed the Las Vegas Rugby Academy (LVRA).Las Vegas Rugby Academy is a nonprofit organization reaching out to the community to promote, educate and enhance the sport of Rugby.

LVRA is in their 3rd year of operation (2012) and growing. LVRA has opened another rugby academy, Las Vegas Rugby Academy West (LVRAW). LVRAW and LVRA now have over 100 kids and looking to grow in 2013. LVRA teaches noncontact version of rugby as well as contact. LVRAW has 2 teams, both
noncontact, under 8 & under 10. LVRA has 6 teams, Under 8, Under 10, Middle School, Junior Varsity (9th/10th grade), Varsity (11th/12 grade), and a high school girls team.

The Las Vegas Rugby Academy has had, and continues to have, an International Rugby player visit the LVRA, such has (Ireland) Jaime Heaslip,(Wale) Jamie Roberts, (France) Fulgence Ouedraogo, even (USA Captain) Todd Clever to name a few. LVRA partners up with the Las Vegas Blackjacks (Men’s Team) and Las Vegas Lady Blackjacks (Women's team) to spread, teach, and enhance the skills of the youth in the LVRA. LVRA is now working to partner with other rugby clubs and high school rugby teams in the valley.

“Rugby is a sport for everyone, no matter the size, speed, disabilities” Vaha Esikia Said. “We want to make Las Vegas the hotspot of Rugby, with the USA 7s (16 International Countries Compete) here every Feb. and every international player visiting Las Vegas. Who doesn’t want to visit Las Vegas or come here to play.” LVRA holds reasonable rugby clinics throughout the year and has even done rugby clinics in schools and churches. The LVRA motto “Rugby, we dare you to TRY” is an invitation for everyone to try rugby.

For more info contact: Las Vegas Rugby Academy

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lvraThe Las Vegas Rugby Academy’s (LVRA) main focus is to promote and enhance the sport of rugby. LVRA will educate the community on the fundamentals of rugby as well as provide a safe, challenging, fun and family friendly environment to gather and enjoy the sports as well as advance the rugby community in Las Vegas.

LVRA will show and teach teamwork, communication, cohesion, and camaraderie. It will encourage individuals to find self-worth, and to be role models to the community.

It is our mission to provide the best training, programs, staff, and equipment, to fully meet the fitness and various needs of our members.

LVRA also promotes the importance of education and encourage the LVRA student-athletes to do their best in school and make them aware of the many opportunities that are available to those whom perform in the classroom as well as on the field. This will be accomplished through awarding scholarship to the outstanding LVRA student-athletes to assist them in their pursuit of their educational goals.

LVRA is committed to help in the development of good citizens. Each participant agrees to abide by a Code of Conduct that ensures a safe environment for all by requiring good sportsmanship, fair play, obeying the laws of the game, and no foul language as examples. These are attributes the LVRA participants will benefit from throughout their lives.

LVRA is determined to create an unmatched rugby atmosphere that will add the enjoyment of every member, administrations, staff, volunteers, and fans. We are committed to develop leaders of tomorrow through their participation and hard work and determination to meet their goals both on and off the field.

LVRA strives to support, sponsor, and host community events.

LVRA encourage everyone, no matter the age, size, gender, race or athletic ability to fall in love with RUGBY.

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