As we look forward to returning to the pitch in 2021, Girls Rugby is excited to announce that we have hired Program Manager, Jessika Marshall, who will focus year-round on increased participation, accessibility, awareness, and community development. We think Jessika is AWESOME and we want to let you get to know her too!

Jessika Marshall, Girls Rugby SoCal Program Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself and a bit of your background
Hi there, I’m Jessika! I moved to San Diego from Vermont in 2013 and now live in South Park with my Fiancé and two cats, Luna and Lois. I graduated from UCSD with my B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology and Critical Gender Studies. I love being outside, reading, listening to podcasts, and new challenges! 

Why did you want to work with Girls Rugby?
I wanted to work with Girls Rugby because I love the idea of utilizing the culture and community of rugby to help young girls realize their mental and physical strength. I’m excited to grow this opportunity for young girls in San Diego. 

Why is empowering young girls important to you? 
What girls learn while they’re young will influence the rest of their lives, their sense of worth, careers, relationships, communication styles, etc. Teaching skills like leadership, courage, and determination, can only help them in whatever they choose to pursue off the field and in the future. 

What is an important value that you think is important for girls to learn? 
Assertiveness. Being bold, clear, and confident in communication both on and off the field is so crucial for young girls as they discover the power of their voice. 

What are you most looking forward to with the upcoming season? 
I’m looking forward to being back in the rugby community, getting to know the Girls Rugby Team, and seeing our girls grow and have fun with the game.  

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I love to travel; I’ve lived in India and New Zealand. On one of my favorite trips, I spent four days motorbiking the Ha Giang Loop in the mountains of Northern Vietnam.

To reach Jess or find out more information on Girls Rugby programs in Southern California, contact her at socal@girlsrugbyinc.com.

We’d like to give a HUGE shout out to LA84 and our generous local donors who made it possible for us to bring this position to fruition. If you would like to support the continued growth of Girls Rugby, please consider becoming a monthly donor by visiting our site at www.girlsrugbyinc.com/donations/rugby-for-her/.