Suzie Johannesen, the Physical Education teacher at Lundahl Junior High School, has been including Rookie Rugby in her PE classes for about five years. After Rugby Illinois visited her school to demonstrate Rookie Rugby and show the benefit of the sport, it has helped students become engaged in the sport as well as helping keep classes fun. This year some students wanted to buy their own rugby balls and Rugby Illinois was contacted. Crystal Lake Lions RFC's coaches Sean Haughian and Bill Weaton visited Lundahl Junior High to deliver the balls to the students.
Crystal Lake Lions RFC recently had a parents information meeting and are a club that is continuing to grow. Strong partnerships with local schools are part of having a successful community team. Congratulations to Lundahl on this milestone of having rugby incorporated into your physical education classes.
Rugby Illinois also took part of The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Convention. Nearly 60 schools across Illinois were interest in getting rugby into the class room. As the sport grows in clubs, it is also seeing growth in the classroom as well.
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