Howard University (HU) is known for being a pioneer for many firsts, so it was no surprise that HU would be the first HBCU with a Women’s Rugby Team. Howard Rugby Captain and Co-Founder Takunda Ruskie stated, “Our program gives an inclusive space for current and future generations of Black Women Athletes to play Rugby. They are destined for greatness. The future of women, specifically Black women in Rugby, is bright, and I cannot wait to see how far the Howard Rugby Club goes.”

Howard University Alumni Club of Houston President Dr. Erika Gentry was excited to support her Alma Mater with her Executive Board when the Howard Rugby Club came to Houston to compete against Claremont University. The Lady Bison Rugby Team started playing as a club team in 2021. They represented Howard in Houston for the National Collegiate Rugby Championship game. Howard Alumni Club of Houston met their coach, Katherine Aversano, a Howard Law alumnus, who is leading the efforts of recruiting more African American females to coach, manage and play rugby in the US and specifically at Howard. Howard didn’t beat Claremont for the championship, but they are off to a great start, and we commend their effort.

Black women’s participation in College Rugby increased by 111.8% between 2013 – 2020. This is amazing because Rugby is not traditionally played in the USA, and many women have avoided it due to the sport’s competitive and strenuous nature. BIOPIC Players comprise 32.6% of the USA Rugby National Team Players Pool. According to Howard Rugby Player Kameren Haliday, “Joining this team out of curiosity has been one of the most rewarding things I have done at Howard. It’s a unique experience where I push myself mentally and physically alongside my team and make great friends to smile and laugh with.”

We are always elated to see our HBCU Scholars being trailblazers and crushing stereotypes to prove Black people can do anything we put our minds to. Make sure you follow their progress on Instagram at @howardwomensrugby. We want to continue to cheer them on and support their hard work.

 

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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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