During Black History Month, we wanted to profile a few black Lions who have not only made major contributions to the club on and off the pitch, but continue to make a huge impact in the rugby community at large. We wanted to let their voices and experiences be heard so we can learn from them, and hopefully continue opening up the sport we love to communities of color.

Black History Month: Meet Kimo

During Black History Month, we wanted to profile a few black Lions who have not only made major contributions to the club on and off the pitch, but continue to make a huge impact in the rugby community at large. We wanted to let their voices and experiences be heard so we can learn from them, and hopefully continue opening up the sport we love to communities of color.

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During Black History Month, we wanted to profile a few black Lions who have not only made major contributions to the club on and off the pitch, but continue to make a huge impact in the rugby community at large. We wanted to let their voices and experiences be heard so we can learn from them, and hopefully continue opening up the sport we love to communities of color.

Black History Month: Meet Lion Julian Watts

For over 30 years, the Village Lions have prided themselves on being one of the most competitive, inclusive, and diverse rugby clubs, not only in New York City, but in the entire country.  During Black History Month, we wanted to profile a few black Lions who have not only made major contributions to the club […]

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During Black History Month, we wanted to profile a few black Lions who have not only made major contributions to the club on and off the pitch, but continue to make a huge impact in the rugby community at large. We wanted to let their voices and experiences be heard so we can learn from them, and hopefully continue opening up the sport we love to communities of color.

Black History Month: Meet Lion Kim “Kimbo” Dacres

During Black History Month, we wanted to profile a few black Lions who have not only made major contributions to the club on and off the pitch, but continue to make a huge impact in the rugby community at large. We wanted to let their voices and experiences be heard so we can learn from them, and hopefully continue opening up the sport we love to communities of color.

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ROOTS is a non-profit organization, created to give Brothers and Sisters of the African diaspora opportunities to grow and show through rugby. Rugby is more than a game, it changes lives and builds family bonds that last lifetimes.

Black History Month: Meet Kyle Granby, Co-Founder of ROOTS

Founded in 2019, ROOTS is an afro-centric rugby organization whose mission is to expose players of the African diaspora to the upper echelons of competitive rugby. In their pursuit of excellence, the players will also learn about themselves and their people and be willing to pass their experiences on to their respective communities. Overall, ROOTS will aim to build a stronger sense of diversity, equity, and empathy amongst the rugby community.

ROOTS is a non-profit organization, created to give Brothers and Sisters of the African diaspora opportunities to grow and show through rugby. Rugby is more than a game, it changes lives and builds family bonds that last lifetimes.

We spoke with co-founder Kyle Granby about the founding of ROOTS and to get his perspective on the Black experience in American rugby.

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