The work of Atlas in the US has been a great success, so much so that we will shortly be starting a US office. We will let you all know about this as it develops.
The project we fund in Memphis is going from strength to strength and expanding beyond its original school to more communities. The original players in the programme are now graduates and giving back to others in their communities.
It is always a joy to meet these young men and women, and we are delighted that we will be bringing two of them to the UK to talk at the Atlas annual dinner on Park Lane in London in September.
Then in October, we will host our first reception in New York, with a small band of our strongest US supporters and friends. This will be shortly after the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, so for rugby lovers, it will be a fun time to catch up and share thoughts on the favourites and dark horses.
Jun 12, 2019
Vascular repair and regeneration in rugby players1
By The Atlas Foundation - Facilitator
Rugby players are increasingly concerned about the possibility of getting dementia. Recent research points at potential causation between concussion, vascular damage and dementia. This project is for a study to look for ways to treat vascular damage.
This project looks to establish what damage, if any, is done to the vascular structures in rugby players brains; what impact this has on cognitive function and dementia outcomes in the long term; how any damage can be identified and treated immediately and after extended periods of time.
The Advisory Board will put out a call for project proposals from universities and research institutions with experience in this field. The brief: to identify the causes, diagnostic tools and treatments for new and historic vascular damage in the brain. Ultimately finding a means to regenerate the vascular supply to avoid or cure vascular dementia.Long-Term Impact
Ultimately to be able to repair vascular damage, ensure uncompromised brain function and find a cure for vascular dementia.
Jun 11, 2019
Project report 2019
By Sally - Atlas Foundation Officer
Rugby in Israel is not a well known sport, but the focus of this project on peace and reconciliation has made it noteworthy beyond the pitch. Atlas is working with a number of private donors to bring rugby to schools in mixed communities. The values of rugby, with fierce opposition on the pitch, but strong fellowship off the pitch, is an important tool to break down traditional mistrust between different religious and racial groups in the country.
This project started early in 2018 and is now working in four cities across Israel, with twelve schools regularly, and bringing in a further 32 for festivals. These include Jews, Druze, Arabs and Christians; local people and refugees. The early signs are good, and we look forward to our first impact assessment to understand how best to serve the cause of peace in this country.
As with many new rugby projects we use Tags rather than tackles, allowing any child between the ages of 6-12 to experience Rugby without fear of physical contact and without the need for prior technical or physical knowledge or skills.
Our work is currently in Pardes Hana, Tel Mond, Tel Aviv, Ayelet Hasahar, Haifa, Modiin and Rehovot.