Leading provider of high performance, community and rugby coach education sponsors Las Vegas Invitational, sends three All-Star teams, hosts Coaching Conference
LAS VEGAS (February 24, 2017) – Atavus, the country’s leading provider of high performance, community and rugby coach education, is going “All In” to support the ongoing growth of the game during USA 7s week in Las Vegas. The Atavus team will be in Las Vegas all week hosting a variety of events and activities to support youth, high school and high performance rugby.
Atavus’ events for the 2017 Vegas week include:
- Coaching Development Conference (March 2nd, 3-6pm, The D Hotel): Atavus will host its 5th Annual Coach Development Conference, designed to provide coaches with practical on and off field tools for coaching the modern game. Headlined by Harlequins Academy Director Tony Diprose, the conference focus will be on coaching process, player-centered delivery and outcome-driven training sessions. Details available at atavus.co/LVCoach17
- Atavus All-Stars (March 2nd-4th, Heritage Park & Silver Bowl Park): Made up of top athletes from across Atavus programming, three Atavus All-Stars teams will compete in the 2017 Las Vegas Invitational including Women’s Elite, Girls U18 Varsity (High School) and Boys U18 Varsity (High School) divisions. Rosters below.
- Las Vegas Invitational Sponsorship (March 2nd-4th, Heritage Park): To promote the growth of the game at the high school level, Atavus is supporting the LVI’s High School Boys and Girls Open and Varsity divisions of North America’s largest rugby tournament. Atavus coaches will be onsite observing game play and will present MVP trophies for the four divisions. F4or giveaways, photo booth experience, and upcoming USA Rugby Academy Camp information head over to our Atavus tents set up all weekend For giveaways, photo booth experience and upcoming USA Rugby Academy Camp information head over to our Atavus tents set up all weekend.
- Youth Activation (March 3rd, 5pm, Fremont Street in Old Vegas): Just before the Parade of Nations, members of the Atavus All-Stars, USA Falcons Elite 7s players and Atavus coaches will host a youth rugby demonstration with skills and games for all participants.
- USA 7s Rugby Fan Zone (March 3rd-5th, Sam Boyd Stadium): During the marquee event of the weekend, the international USA 7s Rugby tournament, Atavus will host a booth at the Fan Zone for rugby fans of all ages to stop by for a fun, youth rugby focused experience including a photo booth, photo scavenger hunt contest and swag giveaways.
- Atavus Athletes Chosen for Serevi Selects: Six “Atavus Athletes” have been selected to compete on the international invitational Serevi Selects side in the LVI’s Men’s America’s Cup 7s (formerly Elite 7s) division. Coached by Waisale Serevi, this independent team gives athletes that have excelled in Atavus programming the opportunity to play at an international level alongside some of the best players from around the world. Squad members include Atavus Academy athletes Sequoyah Burke Combs, Kellen Gordon, Ryan Snider, Shalom Suniula and Peter Tiberio, as well as former University of Washington Rugby player, a “Powered By Atavus” program, Psalm Wooching.
- Support for the USA Women’s Falcons: Playing in the Women's Elite 7's division, Atavus is supporting the participation in the LVI by the USA Women’s Falcons. This support is part of Atavus’ ongoing wider partnership with USA Rugby, aiding development opportunities across all age grades of the men's and women's programs.
Atavus All-Stars Elite Women
Sui A’au – Central Washington University
Chelsey Birgisdóttir – Seattle Saracens
Mata Hingano – Life West University
Megan Jansky-Bingel – Seattle Saracens
Daisy Manoa – Central Washington University
Teigan Macdonald – University of California, San Diego
Kelsie O’Brien – Air Force
Megan Sanders – Seattle Saracens
Madison Slaught – Colorado State University
Kristine Sommer – Seattle Saracens
Alaina Valenciano – University of Washington
Megan Wolff – Winona State University
Coach: Matt Trouville
Manager: Jac Harrell
Atavus All-Stars Varsity Boys
Benjamin Biutu – Hirad Johnson High School
Ethan Bleau – Sumner County High School
Mark Bucklin – Danville Oaks
James Downey – San Diego Mustangs
Dylan James – Santa Monica Rugby Club
Malachi Knox – Ahwatukee Rugby Club
Noah Loelinger - Lamorinda RFC
Alex MacDonald – Danville Oaks
Bo Mailau – Peninsula Green
Jeremiah Sio – Eastside Lions
Marcus Tiggs – Oakland High School
Caleb Wood – Kitsap Renegades
Coach: Shawn Pittman
Manager: Parisa Asgharzadeh
Atavus All-Stars Varsity Girls
Naomi Colin – Fallbrook Warriors
Lilly Durbin – Fallbrook Warriors
Grace Estes – Brookfield Bruisers
Paige Fallon – Battle Ground Rugby
Lolo Makaafi – Kent Crusaders
Leilani Mendoza – South Bay
Malery Phillips-Billingy – Play Rugby Academy (New York)
Julia Riekena – Missoula Vixens
Marion Sellier – Silicon Valley Rugby
Sofie Fella – Shanghai American School
McKenna Strong – Kent Crusaders
Brianna Vasquez – South Bay
Coach: Michaela Staniford
Manager: Parisa Asgharzadeh
Follow Atavus Rugby on Instagram (instagram.com/atavusrugby) and Facebook (facebook.com/atavusrugby) for real-time updates, photos, and interviews from the Vegas week. More information on Atavus programming, a full nationwide schedule of upcoming USA Rugby Academy Training and Resident Camps visit atavus.com.
Journalists interested in attending an event, or in need of an interview with an Atavus coach, please contact:
Carly MacKinnon (Onsite in Las Vegas)
About Atavus Rugby
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Atavus Rugby is relentlessly driven to breed character; develop skills and champion Rugby in the USA and beyond. The company builds and executes sustained, progression-based programming that provides coaching inclusive of any age, skill set or gender. Programs includes the USA Rugby Academy Powered by Atavus, customizable “Powered By Atavus” consulting services, coach development resources and the year-round Atavus Academy. For more information on Atavus visit atavus.com.