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WHO WE ARE

FOUNDER BIOS

WHO WE ARE

It is our mission to provide young girls the opportunity to become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow through the sport of rugby. We believe by providing more girls the opportunity to play rugby that we will succeed in positively changing their lives and instilling core values that they will carry with them and use to make a positive difference in our world.

We are a passionate, driven and motivated team that believes whole heartedly in our vision to provide rugby for her.

Jenn Heinrich

Jenn Heinrich

Mother I Wife I Sister I Athlete I Coach I Founder

Jenn, originally from Short Hills, NJ, grew up a tomboy who played soccer, basketball, softball and swam competitively. She played soccer for Vanderbilt University and stays active today either on the tennis court or with her husband and two children in the amazing Oregon outdoor playground. Jenn has spent the past 15 years building Rugby Oregon, the first Youth and High School State Rugby Organization (SRO) in the United States. Rugby Oregon became the foundational model used by USA Rugby to roll out 46 SROs across the country.

Jenn is passionate about the transformative power of sport and believes that a positive culture, steeped in respect, changes lives. Jenn knows first-hand that participation in a positive youth sports environment builds confidence and teaches valuable life lessons that prepare you for success in life. Many young people will never play another sport post-high school, but they will carry the valuable skills they’ve learned into the communities where they live, work and play.

Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy

Educator I Athlete I Friend I Dreamer I Founder

Erin grew up in a small town in northeast Pennsylvania called Jim Thorpe. She was immediately drawn to sports and spent her time playing softball, basketball, and running cross country. After graduating from Marywood University, Erin made the trek across the country to pursue her passions of sports and psychology at the University of Denver. She started her career following graduate school at USA Rugby, where she managed various youth programs. She also started her own path in rugby as a player, coach, and coach educator. Erin continued her career following her tenure at USA Rugby by consulting with Rugby America’s North (RAN) and Rugby Canada, before working for the International Olympic Committee on the Youth Olympic Games. She moved back to the US in 2016 and continued consulting for Rugby Canada and other sports organizations.

Erin has seen first-hand the difference that sports can make in a young woman’s life and believes that every girl needs an opportunity to play. She is incredibly passionate about empowering women to do better and be better in every aspect of their lives. Young girls become great women when they are given the right opportunities early on.

Hannah Harper

Hannah Harper

Wife I Sister I Athlete I Coach I Founder

Hannah grew up in a small town in Oregon called Canby. She grew up playing youth soccer from a young age and also spent time playing volleyball and basketball. She started playing rugby at the age of 16 and immediately fell in love with the game and culture of the sport. Throughout her time at Oregon State University, she earned her first cap (where you play in an international game for the first time) for the United States as a USA Rugby All-American. After graduating from Oregon State, Hannah followed her passion for rugby to San Diego to pursue her dream of representing the United States at the highest level. While competing at the Olympic Training Center she earned her international USA Rugby 7s Cap. During the same period she worked at ATAVUS Rugby growing and developing youth rugby in Southern California. In 2015, after completing her time at the international level, she founded the Institute of Rugby with the mission to elevate rugby in Southern California.

Hannah has personally been transformed by the positive culture of the sport of rugby and the supportive coaches and mentors throughout her time as an athlete. She is passionate about creating positive rugby experiences for young girls and inspiring the next generation to fall in love with rugby just as her coaches and mentors did for her.