Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian is proud to be the Gameday Sponsor for the Engage Foundation, a nonprofit established by Matt Schmidt to teach underprivileged kids how to engage in life by providing new, free and safe opportunities to participate in activities that are challenging, inspiring and underrated. Engage's current focus is non-tackle rugby, but will include additional activities as the program grows in 2019. Last year, Engage influenced over 100 kids from all over the city, including those from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson, The Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, the military, the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and The Blind and more. Engage provided each league participant with a bag, water bottle, jersey and rugby ball. Over 40 kids were also properly fitted and provided with a brand new pair of cleats.
Engage will kick off it's second Youth Co-ed Touch Rugby League every Sunday from September 16 to October 28 from 8-10am at Rillito Park. Kids will again be provided with bags, water bottles, jerseys, rugby balls, cleats for those that need them, and some new prizes in store for this year. Each Sunday will feature a core value (family, respect, passion, preparation, service, toughness) complimented with a physical skill (Rugby 101, passing, moving forward, positioning, commitment, defensive lines) that will include team building activities, drills, discussion, reflection and games.
Engage's mascot is The Pack (Passionate, Active, Committed, Kind), representing a pack of different desert animals working together to achieve great things.
The registration deadline for this year's league is September 1.