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Fundraiser Tournament a Huge Success at Great Falls

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Fundraiser Tournament a Huge Success at Great Falls

The West Carroll Marauders took the Girls U18 bracket.

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Center benefit rugby tournament, hosted by Great Falls Youth Rugby, was held November 19 and was a resounding success, bringing together the community for a day of sportsmanship and fundraising for a great cause.

MedStar’s Adaptive Sport Programs helps make meaningful differences for individuals with physical disabilities.

Thirty nine teams from all over the metro-D.C. area participated in the day-long event raising funds for the cause, playing a total of 61 rugby games on three fields at the same time. 

The event is a youth tournament for all age groups U6 through High School. The HS Varsity bracket was the most competitive, with teams from Great Falls, Minutemen (Bethesda, Md.), The Heights, Maryland Exiles, De Matha, The Roosters (Bethesda, Md.), West Carroll Marauders, Loudoun Rugby, and Western Suburbs/Culpeper competing.  The Minutemen won the boys bracket, while the West Carroll Marauders took the girls bracket.

Other bracket winners included: Loudoun Rugby (JV/U16),  Western Suburbs/Culpeper (U14), and West End/SYC (U12). The TAG event (PreK-4th Grade). Other teams, such as Great Falls, Alexandria, West End/SYC, and Washington, competed well.

The support from sponsors like Nando’s PeriPeri Chicken, Kiwi Kuisines, Cuisine Solutions, and Indigo IT, as well as the local community, was important for the tournament and a good example of what tournaments can do to marshal local support. Nando’s PeriPeri Chicken gave a generous donation.

All of this allowed the tournament and Great Falls Youth Rugby to make meaningful annual donations to the Adaptive Sports programs at MedStar.

The fully philanthropic-dependent Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program at MedStar empowers individuals with disabilities to pursue healthy and active lifestyles through recreational and competitive sports. The adaptive sports program provides opportunities and resources for sports and recreation to athletes with disabilities and their families. These programs are made available at venues where participants can build self-confidence, form lasting personal relationships, improve health and well-being, gain greater independence, and have fun.