Life University’s rugby summer camps are proof of growth and interest in the sport at the high school level as, for the fourth consecutive year, Life is offering three summer camps on the Marietta campus and all three have reached capacity.
Although Life University isn’t a widely recognized brand to the general public, its rugby program has become undeniably recognizable within the United States rugby community. There is no doubt that interest in the camps has increased, in part, thanks to Life’s success on the field.
Within a 2 week span in late May/early June Life University won two national titles in college Division 1-A and Men’s Division 1, while finishing 2nd in the Men’s Elite Cup and at the Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia.
“The success of our program correlates directly with the demand we see toward participating in our camps. The same success contributes directly toward the continued rise in awareness of Life University Rugby, as a whole,” said Life Director of Rugby Dan Payne.
In addition to being a great learning experience for the campers that participate, the camps have also contributed toward the recent success of the program. “The camps have become a great vehicle for us to identify talent for recruiting purposes.”
Payne adds that nearly 90 percent of the program’s recruiting classes in recent years have come from summer camp participants.
The distinguished coaching staff for the camps features an impressive lineup of elite national and international players and coaches. The staff includes life’s 7s head coach Tui Osborne, Arkansas State’s head coach Alex Houser, Life University’s Scott Lawrence, New York Old Blue’s head coach Marty Veale, along with Eagle players Paul Emerick, Mike Petri, and more. In addition, many Life players will serve as counselors, including 2013 All-American Paris Hollis, who attended the Life University’s first summer camp in 2010 as a senior in high school.