Designed by educators and powered by coaches, Memphis Inner City Rugby expands opportunities for students in low-resourced neighborhoods. Using a Value-Based Coaching Model and strong school partnerships, the organization uses the power of a non-traditional sport to challenge students in new ways while exposing them to uncommon enrichment opportunities like yoga, travel, and team-focused tutoring. MICR also works to remove any financial or geographical barriers to rugby and the programming surrounding it. MICR alums are now pursuing degrees from some of the nation's best colleges and many have earned rugby scholarships to do so.
“Slingshot gave us a chance to ‘look in the mirror’ as an organization and ask critical questions about our purpose, mission, goals, and challenges. With Slingshot’s support, we were able to notice shortcomings and strengths that were otherwise invisible.”
Shane Young, Executive Director