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October Newsletter

By Matt Schmidt, 10/03/17, 12:15PM MST


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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

Old Pueblo Lightning

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 

Old Pueblo Lions

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

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 

High School Lions/Thunder

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

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 or Kyle Knutson at  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.