The Tropical 7s is excited to announce the creation of a dedicated College Recruitment Programme that will be run in partnership with The Rugger's Edge, the leading college rugby advisory firm. As one of the major elite youth tournaments in North America, the Tropical 7s represents an ideal opportunity for a college showcase to observe the best youth talent in both the USA and internationally.
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The College Recruitment Programme will allow representatives from collegiate rugby programmes to attend the Tropical 7s, observe the competition and Athlete Combine, and participate in other social activities and promotional opportunities of this programme including:
The programme will be run in partnership with The Rugger's Edge, the industry-leading college advisory that focuses on the unique needs of rugby players with strong personal relationships with college coaches and in-depth knowledge of how athletic recruiting applies to college admissions and scholarships. With an intimate understanding of the collegiate rugby landscape, The Rugger’s Edge provides one-on-one personal advising to aspiring collegiate student-athletes to help them reach their goals.
"We are excited to partner with Tropical 7s to help student-athletes find the best college for them said Karen Fong Donoghue, founder & president of The Rugger’s Edge. "We pride ourselves on providing premium college consulting advising services for high school families with a unique focus on the needs of rugby players. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support so many talented rugby players who will be in attendance at this elite event, preparing them for the next step in their lives."
The 2019 Tropical 7s will be the first time the event holds a dedicated programme for college coaches, as the tournament becomes a key stop on the elite 2019 North American High School Championship 7s Series (NAHS7s) that will feature the best high school players (both boys and girls) from across North America and around the world in a truly unique international competition.
The College Recruitment Programme is a recognition of the emerging youth talent that competes at the Tropical 7s and the unique opportunity available to collegiate rugby programmes to observe some of the best rugby talent across North America and internationally.
"We are excited to announce the creation of this dedicated programme for college coaches as well as our partnership with The Rugger's Edge," said Tropical 7s Director John Siner. "We realize that we will see the top youth talent at the tournament and that colleges will want to observe and identify athletes. With the inclusion of The Rugger's Edge, and the great work that Karen is doing, it is the perfect partnership as athletes now have this amazing resource to navigate the college recruitment process."
The Rugger’s Edge will be on site throughout the tournament at various events including the Athlete Combine, Opening Reception and throughout the tournament. Karen will be on hand to provide group sessions as well as answer individual questions as time allows.
Interested college representatives must apply for the programme via the Tropical 7s website. Attendees will be able to take advantage of all services and partner discounts associated with the event. The application form and more information on the programme is found here: College Recruitment Programme.