It’s time to shake up your Saturday routine.
Enough with the afternoon mall trips and hours spent watching college football. Baseball is long gone and I’m pretty sure the laundry can wait another day so why not do something fresh and fun like catching a rugby game provided by the Chicago Lions RFC. Oh and you get to help raise a little money while you’re at it too.
The Chicago Lions Rugby Football Club and the Chicago Hope Academy High School have joined forces for the second annual “Lions for Hope” benefit on October 24th. The festivities begin with a duel between the Chicago Lions D1 squad and the undefeated D1 Pearl City, followed by a black tie (optional) banquet at 6 PM at the clubhouse building located at 2433 West Roosevelt Road, just west of Western Avenue.
Still trying to understand the concept of rugby in Chicago? I totally understand. It’s hard to fathom any team beyond Da Bears/Da Cubbies/Da White Sox in our beloved city. The Chicago Lions Rugby Football Club is not the weird, red-headed step child of the Detroit Lions nor are they are a semi-professional 40+ softball league. The Lions have been around since 1964 and is a founding member of the USA Rugby Super League. They are the premier rugby union club in the Midwest and have reached the Rugby Super League and National 7’s playoffs nine times over the last decade (including the National 7’s Championship in 2007).
The event serves not only as a fundraiser, but a celebration of a partnership between the Chicago Hope Academy and the Chicago Lions RFC. The Chicago Hope Academy started its first rugby team coached and supported by Lions players last year. The young men and women who attend the coed, non-denominational college and life preparatory school were exposed not only to the sport of rugby, but to a positive and supportive mentoring relationship between them and the Lions players.
The banquet gives the public a chance to meet the Lions players, as well as Chicago Hope students, teachers, supporters, family and friends, as well as an opportunity to donate to two extremely encouraging local organizations.
Tickets to the event can be purchased for $100 (guests of players, teachers and staff are $50) online (Chicago Lions website and/or Evite) or by contacting Hope Academy President and Founder Bob Muzikowski (312-781-2739), as well as Chicago Lions RFC President Keith Brown (312-952-1028).
Can’t wait to see you there!