Girls Rugby is honored to have been awarded a development grant from the LA84 Foundation. This grant will focus on developing Girls Rugby program offerings in San Diego County and support the expansion to new locations and reach more participants. 

“The LA84 Foundation has been a leader in youth sports development and to be able to work with this organization to bring more education and activity to young girls in Southern California is a privilege. We look forward to investing this grant into our programs in San Diego County to give more young girls the opportunity to be active and have a positive experience through sports.” stated Chief Operations Officer, Erin Kennedy.

Girls Rugby SoCal was launched in 2018 as a pilot program for Girls Rugby, Inc. This program has since implemented a number of flag rugby seasons and outreach events in the community with partners such as Girl Scouts San Diego, Girls on the Run San Diego, USA Rugby, and more. Upcoming programming expansion will include the addition of summer offerings, more outreach events and partnerships, as well as broadening the reach of the Fall/Winter and Spring seasons.

“The LA84 Foundation is dedicated to closing the Play Equity gap, and we are excited to support Girls Rugby SoCal as it provides an opportunity to strengthen participation for girls in youth sports. We will continue to prioritize growing all opportunities for youth development through sports and structured play.” expressed Nolan Ortiz, Director of Grants and Programs for the LA84 Foundation. 

The LA8 Foundation grant will enable Girls Rugby to further the work being done to increase participation and promote leadership skills through serving the communities of San Diego county and beyond through sport. 

If you would like to support Girls Rugby in our mission to empower girls to reach their potential through sport, you may donate online here.


As a legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation is a nationally-recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and public education about the role of sports in positive youth development. The foundation, with over 30 years of experience in local communities, has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organizations through grantmaking, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important youth sports issues. LA84 levels the playing field to ensure Play Equity so that sport is accessible to all children, while elevating the field of youth sports as an integral path to lifelong well-being. To learn more and join the #PlayEquity movement, visit www.la84.org.

Girls Rugby, Inc. empowers girls to reach their potential through sport by combining flag rugby programming with a values-based curriculum. Established in 2018, Girls Rugby has programming in a number of states throughout the U.S. and believes in helping young girls become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. Learn more about Girls Rugby by visiting www.girlsrugbyinc.com