We are always recruiting and welcome all experience levels. Come to a practice for a great workout and an excellent sports adventure! Check out our FAQs for information on what to expect or contact us with any questions.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Starting January 3, 2017
Rillito Regional Park
4205 N 1st Ave
Tucson, AZ 85718
Look for the field with the lights and the uprights
Our charitable Youth Program has been a huge success. Over 65 kids showed up at our clinic from all over the place, including the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson, The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, the military and more. Each kid received a bag with a rugby ball, bag, water bottle and T-shirt. Approximately 45 kids decided to continue with our Thunder Cubs Youth Flag Rugby League, which will take place every Sunday in October at Rillito Park from 9-11am. Kids who do not have cleats have been given their own pair with help from The Shop.
For more information, contact Matt Schmidt at Mschimidt@azinjurylaw.com
The women start practice this week and will go every Tuesday and Thursday at Rillito Park from 6:30-8:30pm.
Their new and awesome jerseys are also for sale, so get them while they last.
The women have a lot in store this Fall, inlcuding Flagstaff 10's, Las Vegas and the Arizona Rugby Festival. They are also hosting their very own tournament this November: The Sonoran Series.
Check out the calendar for more or contact Alison Miller at email@example.com
The men will begin practice at Rillito soon. In the meantime, they will prep this Fall for Flagstaff 10's, Las Vegas and the Bisbee Cup, to name a few matches. For more information, contact Luis Lizarraga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The men are also gearing up for their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Nauglehead Golf Tournament at Randolph on October 28th. The Tournament will include a costume contest, craft beer from local breweries, golf, a raffle and more! For more information about how to sign up or sponsor, contact Mark Bell at Mark.L.Bell@ehi.com
The brand new High School Thunder (girls) will begin their practice at Rillito Park on October 17, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5-6:30. You can reach Angela for more information at email@example.com
The High School Lions (boys) will begin their practice on November 1 at Rillito Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30pm. We are happy to announce our new head coach, Camden McGregor, who comes from Colorado with lots of coaching experience. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kyle Knutson at email@example.com for more information.
Don't forget to grab some OPRFC merch to kick off the season right.
Sponsor of the Month
A big shout out the The Underestimated City, who created all of the shirts and jerseys for the Engage Youth Program. In addition to making great rugby merch for OPRFC, check out their Beat Cancer shirts on sale this month.
Old Pueblo Lightning Women's Rugby wrapped up the 2017 competitive season with the best showing in its history. At the end of regular league play, Lightning finished on top of the standings within the Southern California Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) women's Division II for the second year in a row.
On June 10th, OPRFC hosted a fundraiser for its charitable program "Engage" which is designed to provide more underprivileged kids the chance to play the fastest growing sport in America in a fun and safe environment. The event featured a poker tournament, food and beverages, yard games, a raffle, silent auction, photo booth, dancing, merchandise and more.
Due to the excellent support of the local community, OPRFC exceeded its fundraising goals, meaning not only will Engage be able to execute every aspect of the program originally planned, but now have the funds to help more kids than anticipated should the demand and need arise. At minimum, this includes:
*Hosting mini clinics at the Boys and Girls Club summer camps and donating balls to each clubhouse for their use while we are away.
*Hosting approximately 100 kids from local nonprofits in our Big Annual Clinic, which provides each kid with an athletic kit including bag, water bottle, rugby ball and jersey.
*Inviting kids who want more to participate in our Fall Youth Camp, a non-tackle program every Sunday in October that will include coaches, referees, training and two hand touch rugby games.
*Donating cleats to participants in our Fall Youth Camp who could not otherwise own a pair of their own.
Engage has also partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson and USA Rugby to make this program especially great.
The success for Engage's first fundraising year would not have been possible without the help of its wonderful sponsors and donors:
Kinerk, Schmidt and Sethi, PLLC
The Tucson Conquistadores
The Zuckerman Outreach Community Foundation
The Volpe Team at NOVA Home Loans
Design Modulars Incorporated
The Law Offices of Maggie Higgins Schmidt
Dragoon Brewing Company
Whiskey Del Bac by Hamilton Distillers
The Independent Distillery
R + R Grill
The Underestimated City