In March we were delighted that Shane Young from the Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR) project was able to join guests of the Atlas Foundation at our second US golf day in Las Vegas. This was sponsored by the magnificent CallidusCloud, and held in partnership with USA Rugby Sevens.
The overall theme was undoubtedly "winning":
The USA Sevens team romped to victory for the first time on home turf, in front of an ecstatic crowd
The MICR project fielded more kids than ever before, and yet more have risen up the academic and sporting ranks thanks to the work of the rugby coaches there in Memphis
The golfers made over $22,000 in donations on the day, which added to event income saw Atlas raise over $33,000.
The work we support in Memphis, and in other deeply divided and disadvantaged communities across the world, raises kids out of the lives set for them at birth, breaks the cycles of poverty, and sets them up for a new life. The circumstances differ massively between downtown Memphis, the settlements of Israel, and the favelas of South America, but the unity and hope that rugby brings is universal.
Thank you again to all supporters of our work
Our very best wishes
Memphis Girls winning the Vegas Invitational
We've have come a long way from Inner City Memphis
Jan 16, 2018
By Jason Leonard - Chairman
Delighted to report that the Memphis Inner City Rugby project goes from strength to strength with more young people finding work and scholarships thanks to the support of the team.
The Atlas Foundation continues its support through the second Las Vegas 7s Golf Day on Friday 2nd March. This year I will be joined by Irish rugby legend Shane Byrne. He's an old front row opponent and recent and improbable film star!
There will also be a host of US Eagles and other nations rugby stars, alongside many nations playing and enjoying the immaculate course at the Las Vegas Country Club.
Come and join us, and continue your support of our work with kids across the world. Contact email@example.com for details.
Oct 17, 2017
October 2017 Project Report
By Jason Leonard - Chairman
Another few months have passed and again, we have seen brilliant progress. The Memphis Inner City Rugby project has continued to go from strength to strength with the support of our amazing donors. We are thankful for all the help that has been provided to us, so that we can continue to support this outstanding project which is seeing real results.
For the players in Memphis, they understand that rugby is more than just a game. It is all about the respect, social inclusion and enjoyment that the sport can bring. Through their involvement in rugby, they avoid being drawn into gang crime and living a dangerous lifestyle. Through this programme they can go on to achieve anything that they set their mind to.
The kids involved in the scheme have seen all around benefits with 100% college acceptance this year. Many report gaining leadership skills, grit and determination. The success of this scheme has been so positive that there was even a short film made to celebrate their achievements found here: https://wdrv.it/4c552c232.
To all the supporters, thank you.
Jason Leonard OBE, Chairman, The ATLAS Foundation
Don James Jr. VP USA.
p.s. we are still raising money for the third year of this project. Through direct donations and through our annual Golf Classic at the Las Vegas Rugby Sevens on Friday 2nd March 2018. For info contact firstname.lastname@example.org