Emersion Sports & Entertainment has partnered with Clark County School District (CCSD) to continue the Adopt-A-Country program for the ninth consecutive year in Las Vegas as part of the Major League Rugby (MLR) Vegas Weekend, Feb. 9, 15-16 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The schools participating in the international program, designed to integrate global citizenship, early physical education, ambassadorship and culture into the students’ curriculum, have “adopted” eight of the 12 competing teams in the MLR Vegas Weekend.
Through the Adopt-A-Country program, elementary, middle and high school students alike have the opportunity to become fully immersed in the cultures of 16 nations and eight U.S. cities as well as have world-class experience with the Olympics’ newest sport, Rugby.
On Saturday, February 8, select schools will also partake in a Youth Rugby Tournament located at Charlie Frias Park:
What: Youth Rugby Tournament
Date: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
Times: 8:30a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (MRL Rugby Players on Site: 9 a.m. – 10:30am)
Place: Charlie Frias Park – 4801 S. Decatur, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
The program kicked off in November 2019 with the Adopt-A-Country Youth Rugby Clinic, followed by the School Fan T-Shirt Contest and Poster Contest where students participated in a contest to design a t-shirt incorporating their school’s assigned country or team. The first, second and third place winning designs will be printed onto t-shirts and distributed to participating schools. Students also participated in a Critical Thinking Essay Contest in which schools held an internal contest between students to answer a critical thinking essay prompt comparing a typical day for a student in CCSD to a typical day for a student from their adopted country. The essay winner from each school will represent their school and adopted country or team at the MLR Vegas Weekend matches on Sunday, Feb. 9, Saturday Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb.16. participants will help escort a competing team onto the field before their matches.
2019-2020 School/Team Pairings:
- Brown Academy Middle School/ Austin, TX
- Bunker Elementary School/ Utah
- Carl Elementary School/ Houston, TX
- Conners Elementary School/ Colorado
- Cram Middle School/ Colorado
- Dailey Elementary School/ Utah
- Fitzgerald Elementary School/ San Diego, CA
- Mack Middle School/ Houston, TX
- Doris Reed Elementary School
- Rowe Elementary School/ San Diego, CA
- Squires Elementary School/ Toronto, ON
- Tanaka Elementary School/ New England
- Elise Wolff Elementary School/ Rugby United NY
Tickets for the MLR Vegas Weekend are on sale now and can be purchased online at UNLV Tickets. Single day tickets for MLR Vegas Weekend start at $20 with multi-day packages starting at $35. Tickets for youth ages 4 – 14 are $10 for single day and start at $15 for multi-day packages. Children three and under are free. Group tickets and VIP packages are available by contacting [email protected]. MLR has also secured special rates for team and fan hotels to maximize their stay in Las Vegas. Hotel room rates and packages can be found here. For more information on MLR Vegas Weekend visit www.emersionsports.com.