The 2016 class of the US Collegiate Development camp have received their first round of college acceptances, which, at press time, includes acceptances into 36 distinguished colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.
Last summer, from June 21st to June 25th, over 100 United States and international high school student-athletes developed and honed their rugby skills to the collegiate level at the United States Collegiate Development camp hosted at Dartmouth College. During the four day camp, high school rugby athletes received coaching and training from coaches of top collegiate rugby programs across the country. Additionally, during their time off the pitch, the camp’s participants received valuable instructions, provided by Rugger’s Edge, on how to navigate the college application process.
Academically achieving USCD graduates from last summer’s camp were admitted into several colleges and universities ranked in the U.S. News and World Report’s top 25 national universities and liberal arts colleges.
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“The USCD camp allowed me to experience what it was like to live on a college campus, but more importantly gave me the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in rugby,” commend Justin Johnson, who played center for Pelham Memorial High School, where he helped lead his team to a second place finish in the Division II National High School Rugby Championships, and is now a freshman at Lafayette College. “I was able to really work on my individual skills, as opposed to team practices where I would be running plays. Now every time I touch a rugby ball, I think about the pointers and technique reminders I received at camp.”
Outstanding athletes from last summer’s camp will attend several of the nation’s top D1-A college rugby programs, including UCLA and Penn State.
Eric Naposki-Abdalah, a senior and High School All American remarked, “At USCD rugby camp my skills always improved significantly. The drills, coaching, and talent of players around me contributed to improving my game and made the camp a worthwhile experience. I was also able to talk to many college coaches and learn about the influence rugby has on admissions at different universities. I also met friends at camp that I still talk to to this day and see at other rugby events around the country. Overall, I'm extremely grateful to have been a part of this great camp two times.” Naposki-Abdalah is looking forward to this fall, when he will be suiting up for the UCLA Bruins.
Academically exceptional players from previous year’s camps have attended the nation’s top academic universities.
“The international coaches and players made the USCD camp a really great experience because they taught and played rugby in a different way than what I see at my club team,” said Luke Bienstock of the camp. Bienstock chose to return to Dartmouth after the camp, where he lead the Ivy League in scoring this past year as a freshman.
The 2017 US Collegiate Development Boys Showcase Camp will be held from June 25th to June 28th at Dartmouth College. Additionally, top-up skill clinics will take place before the Showcase Camp. Coaches from America’s top academic universities and rugby programs will be in attendance to work with campers on their skills and begin the recruiting process for the next pool of high school talent.
Registration details and additional information can be found on the UCSD website. For press-related inquiries, please contact the USCD Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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**About US Collegiate Development**
Launched in 2014, US Collegiate Development LLC aims to develop productive relationships between athletes and their potential future coaches. USCD's programs evolved in response to a need for a more effective environment to assess, develop, and connect student-athletes with collegiate coaches. The USCD coaching staff's priority is to educate these student-athletes on US rugby opportunities at both the university and national age-grade levels.