Emmitsburg, Md. (May 15, 2017) -- Mount St. Mary's University women's rugby Head Coach Farrah Douglas has been invited to attend and participate in the first-ever Women's Rugby Forum on May 15-16 in Providence, R.I.
"It's a privelege to be invited to attend the first-ever Women's Rugby Forum, not just as the USA Girls High School All-American Coach, but also to be able to represent the new women's varsity program at Mount St. Mary's at this historic event, it's an absolute honor," said Douglas. "I'm looking forward to continue to develop as a coach and to play an increasingly active role in gaining support for women in rugby at all levels of the game. My involvement in this forum aligns with my philosophy of creating a community of student-athletes engaged in learning and leadership through critical thinking and the expression of self through athletic performance. I'm looking forward to working with an exciting and bright group of women as we collaborate to improve the game for all women in the U.S."
The forum, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Women's Rugby Foundation (USWRF) and Atavus, is an invitation-only event for a select group of women administrators, coaches, referees and journalists. The representatives will join together to critically reflect on the state of women's rugby in the United States, and build a plan to drive the growth of girl's and women's rugby.
The forum's priorities include: fostering and promoting the development of rugby for women and girls, attaining equal representation on national and international governing boards, attaining equal opportunity and pay in hiring and consideration for administrative and coaching positions, and building regional and national governing structures that reflect the numbers of girls and women served.
Douglas, who was named Mount St. Mary's head coach in March, is set to lead the Mount into competition for the team's inaurgural season this fall.