Our Work

OUR MISSION AT MEMPHIS INNER CITY RUGBY (MICR) IS TO EXPAND ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITY IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE POWER OF RUGBY.

MICR was founded by Shane Young and Devin O’Brien in 2012. O’Brien and Young were new teachers in Memphis, Tennessee when they started MICR’s first team at Kingsbury High School. The team’s success was compounded by a team culture which simultaneously fostered academic and character growth. Using this model, MICR expanded to bring fully competitive rugby programs to more schools in Memphis. In 2015, MICR’s first girls programs were founded at Soulsville Charter School and Freedom Preparatory Academy. Entering it’s 5th year, MICR now serves approximately 140 student-athletes throughout Memphis- none of whom pay anything to be a part of it. 

MICR scholars not only receive coaching in rugby. MICR’s programming includes:

Tutuoring/Academic tracking

ACT/SAT Prep

College readiness

Counseling

Yoga

Travel

All-Star Camps

Weight Lifting

Mentoring