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Emory Women's Rugby Launches Empowering "Because Of Rugby" Campaign

We started the "Because of Rugby" campaign to share what we have each gained from playing, promote strength and positivity, and encourage others to play this incredible sport. #BecauseOfRugby

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"We wanted to share the positive impact of rugby with our friends and family, and ended up sharing it with the world."

We released the campaign on Facebook around 10 p.m. during finals week, and it immediately exploded. We got thousands of likes, and hundreds of comments and shares by collegiate, national, and international rugby teams, friends, family, and alums, other Emory organizations, and Try on Rugby, a program that promotes girls' and women's rugby in the US. We wanted to share the positive impact of rugby with our friends and family, and ended up sharing it with the world. The positive responses were overwhelming and far surpassed our expectations, and further supports the positive, empowering environment that rugby fosters.

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"It encourages us to be strong in a culture that tells us to be delicate. It teaches us how to improve the bodies we have, and not suffer for the bodies that society wants."

Rugby has a intimidating reputation. Most collegiate women's rugby teams struggle with recruitment. No matter how active the team is on campus, we still encounter people all the time who are surprised to learn that Emory has a rugby team, especially a women's team. When we try to recruit women, we get excuses that rugby is too intense, or they think they are not tough enough. The truth is, there is no prototypical rugby player. You can be tall, short, skinny, fat, muscular, lanky, etc. and still find your place on a rugby team. Yes, it is intense. But it is also empowering. It encourages us to be strong in a culture that tells us to be delicate. It teaches us how to improve the bodies we have, and not suffer for the bodies that society wants. It tells us to eat well and be healthy, and to never be ashamed to go back for seconds (or thirds).

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"No more excuses. Play rugby."

If everyone were to take the plunge and try out rugby, they would find an incredible community, an awesome workout, and a rewarding game. If you are a female-identifying individual, graduate or undergraduate, at Emory University, contact us. If not, contact your local team. No more excuses. Play rugby. Check out our campaign below.

Contact President & Captain Danielle Berkowsky at EmoryWRugby@gmail.com

Photos by Rebecca Han

Bethany

Because of rugby, I have found strength in beauty and beauty in strength.
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Because of rugby, I have found strength in beauty and beauty in strength.

Because of Rugby I am proud of my body. Because of Rugby I am never ashamed to be in the gym. Because of Rugby I have stronger will, and a stronger heart. Because of Rugby I have a family.

Anna

Because of rugby, I am strong!
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Because of rugby, I am strong!

Anne

Because of rugby, I can do and be anything.
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Because of rugby, I can do and be anything.

Rebecca.

Because of rugby, I am fearless. I can tackle anything.
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Because of rugby, I am fearless. I can tackle anything.

Danielle

Because of rugby, I am motivated to improve, physically & mentally.
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Because of rugby, I am motivated to improve, physically & mentally.

Erin ("Degs")

Because of rugby, I am confident and healthier!
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Because of rugby, I am confident and healthier!

Dominique

Because of rugby, I know the mind is the only obstacle.
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Because of rugby, I know the mind is the only obstacle.

Eve

Because of rugby, I smile more everyday.
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Because of rugby, I smile more everyday.

Chrissy ("Goose")

Because of rugby, I am sane. I have a family.
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Because of rugby, I am sane. I have a family.

Grace

Because of rugby, I am resilient.
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Because of rugby, I am resilient.

Danielle ("Hops")

Because of rugby, I know I can do anything.
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Because of rugby, I know I can do anything.

India

Because of rugby, I am more confident with my body.
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Because of rugby, I am more confident with my body.

Kelsey

Because of rugby, I feel strong, empowered, and accepted.
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Because of rugby, I feel strong, empowered, and accepted.

Lotus

Because of rugby, I know it's okay to be aggressive.
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Because of rugby, I know it's okay to be aggressive.

Melissa

Because of rugby, I have embraced my flaws and turned them into strengths.[Note: "hooker" is a position at the front row of the rugby scrum. It takes a tough woman to play that position.]
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Because of rugby, I have embraced my flaws and turned them into strengths.

[Note: "hooker" is a position at the front row of the rugby scrum. It takes a tough woman to play that position.]

Purvi

Because of rugby, I feel invincible. I have a family.
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Because of rugby, I feel invincible. I have a family.

Sarah ("T-Shirt")

Because of rugby, I show off my bruises.
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Because of rugby, I show off my bruises.

Zoe

Because of rugby, I have a team that always has my back.
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Because of rugby, I have a team that always has my back.

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