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HBCU Rugby Classic Returns For 2021

On May 1-2, 2021, in Baton Rouge, Louisana, the HBCU Rugby Classic and Music Festival will return for its third year. The HBCU Rugby Classic and Music Festival is the[…]

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Rugby Outlet Mall Launches To Grow Rugby Culture Lifestyle

I am so proud to announce the official launch of our new digital store, Rugby Outlet Mall. I know that to many people, it may seem like an odd time[…]

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Victoria Folayan – Black Moments In Rugby History

This episode, we speak on the former Women’s USA Rugby 7s star, Victoria Folayan. Learn more about the Olympian and how she’s impacted rugby. She was one of the biggest[…]

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The HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Rugby Classic & Music Festival, is the premier rugby event for HBCU rugby teams, and BIPOC high school and club rugby programs.

A unique rugby event that combines rugby tradition with the HBCU experience. The HBCU Rugby Classic is a cultural entertainment event, for sports fans and families
of all ages, that puts a spotlight on community opportunity, empowerment, and positive messaging.

Founder and Director

Gift Egbelu

Gift Egbelu is the founder & Director of the HBCU Rugby Classic. In addition he is a producer, marketer and promoter, podcaster, and overall content creator within the rugby industry, who really loves traveling internationally, watching and analyze movies, and have great conversations with random people.

Born in State College, PA, to Nigerian immigrants, Gift was raised in Ames, IA and resides in Baton Rouge, LA. He gradutated from the University of South Florida, where he happened to get his first experiences with playing rugby.

Gift Egbelu created the HBCU Rugby Classic with the intention of not only providing greater awareness to HBCU’s and their rugby programs, but also to provide an event that would serve as a place to find opportunity for BIPOC rugby players and students. Knowing that rugby can be a unique vehicle that can lead to opportunities that many BIPOC may not have known about, Gift Egbelu wanted a place where culture could come together with community.

Gift Egbelu continues to work to bring the rugby experience, to the community and cultural lifestyle, in unique and interesting ways.

Active HBCU Rugby Programs

Prairie View A&M Rugby

Morehouse College Rugby

North Carolina A&T Rugby