Lost Afertnoon a Big Success
Monday Jul 27, 2009 in Off the Field General
Malcolm Douglas, right, founder of Houston's Lost Afternoon Rugby Luncheon, presents a gift to Eagles Coach Eddie O'Sullivan, and the other speakers, USA Rugby Vice Chair Bob Latham (left), USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville.
The Houston Rugby community's first-ever Lost Afternoon Rugby Luncheon was a rousing, sell-out success featuring speeches from USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville, Eagles head coach Eddie O'Sullivan, and USA Rugby Vice Chair Bob Latham.
Thousands of dollars were raised for youth rugby programs in the area, and many old boys and ex-pats from Houston's large international community were energized to reconnect with the game.
Representatives from Houston's sports and hospitality industry were in attendance and very impressed with the turnout and the program, which featured video clips as well as the main speeches. They included members of the Houston Sports Authority, Convention and Visitors Bureau, the MLS Houston Dynamo, and the NFL Houston Texans.
O'Sullivan spent the week prior to the luncheon in Houston conducting coaching clinics for youth rugby players.
Founded by Malcolm Douglas, the event was emceed by former USARFU Board Member Paul Mabry. Organizers say the success of the first Lost Afternoon Lunch is sure make it a must event on the local rugby calendar, while serving as a model for similar events in other rugby hotbeds.
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