This is Raptors Life.
The Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Club was established in 2007. It was the first time a stadium of the caliber of Infinity Park had been built in the U.S. for a rugby team, a milestone in the development of rugby this country and a major investment in Glendale’s future. Since then, the Raptors have become the standard-bearers for U.S. rugby and are creating a template, both on and off the field, for what a successful club looks like.
The Glendale Raptors consists of men’s and women’s programs. The elite teams each raised multiple championship banners in Infinity Park. In addition to on-the-field excellence, both teams and their development team counterparts have created a true rugby culture along Colorado’s front range by coaching and leading robust youth rugby programs and dedicating their time to community service programs throughout the Denver area.
They have also become leaders in the community. Players have volunteered with groups such as Kids Running America, the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Colfax Marathon. Since their founding, players and coaches have fostered a special relationship with Children’s Hospital, with multiple players returning again and again to spend time with children and their families. The Raptors also hold numerous free rugby clinics, in and after school, for children in the Denver area.
In addition to the men’s and women’s team, the Raptors organization fields a 7s team (7s is a faster version of regular, or “union,” rugby, and has seven players on per team on the field instead of 15). The Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy is another important part of the Raptors family. The first-of-its-kind program was designed for youth between 5 and 18 and seeks to develop talent via a curriculum developed over many years.
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