#1 Red Wolves Embrace Community and Opportunity

D1A Rugby: #1 Red Wolves Embrace Community and Opportunity

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State had last weekend off, but they didn’t get much rest.  Over 50 players from the #1 team in the country served their community by helping on a Habitat for Humanity build.

In the Arkansas Delta town of Jonesboro (home to ASU), with about 23% of the population living under the poverty level, there is a need for community action and the Red Wolves regularly contribute to the town and community that has embraced the rugby program whole-heartedly.

Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin, honored the team after ASU’s College Sevens National Championship with a proclamation.  Here is an excerpt from that proclamation that encapsulates how the town feels about their Red Wolves rugby:

WHEREAS:        Jonesboro is blessed to be home to Arkansas State University; where ASU has an abundance of talented student athletes who succeed in their studies as well as on the collegiate playing field; and

WHEREAS:      Among these student athletes stands an elite group of young men; and

WHEREAS:      The Arkansas State University Men’s Rugby may now add the 2012 Collegiate Men’s 7’s National Championship in 2012 to the list of accomplishments received by this outstanding program;

NOW, THEREFORE, I Harold Perrin Mayor, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas and the citizens of Jonesboro do hereby recognize and honor the Arkansas State University Men’s Rugby 7s Team for their 2012 Men’s Collegiate Rugby 7’s National Championship and their success both on and off the field.

ASU rugby players (from left) Dean Gericke, Head Coach Alex Houser, Dylan Carrion, Zinzan Elan-Puttick, Zac Mizell. Photo courtesy of Arkansas State.

Recognition is great and ASU Head Coach Alex Houser appreciates that his athletes help give back to their community, but he reckons his charges stand to gain the most from their volunteerism.

“I think [volunteering] helps the players appreciate the privilege it is to be part of this team and part of this program…They get a greater appreciation for where they are and the opportunities they have in life.”

The Red Wolves trade their hammers for headgears this Saturday as they travel to Grand Rapids, Mich. to take on #7 Davenport.  ASU had to come from behind to pull out a win in the last encounter, and it’s probably going to be another tough battle for Arkansas State on Saturday.