The GiftTime Media will be partnering with Howard Rugby Football Club to host the 2023 HBCU Rugby Classic and Music Festival in Washington DC.
This will mark the first time that the HBCU Rugby Classic and Music Festival will be taking place outside of Louisiana since its inception in 2018. The previous HBCU Rugby Classic and Music Festival was held in March 2021, in Baton Rouge, LA.
“As a New Orleans native, I always dreamed about participating in the HBCU Rugby Classic someday. So, to be able to host this event in an attempt to shine a brighter light on HBCU rugby and athletics, in general, is something I take great pride in,” said Howard Rugby Men’s captain, Daniel Davillier.
Howard Rugby program came into inception in 2020 and played its first full season starting the fall of 2021. They have worked to deliver a strong message of empowerment and inclusion, that sets the tone for how they present on the pitch.
“Hosting the HBCU Classic is the next step of growth in our program, and will truly be historical,” Howard Rugby women’s captain and program co-founder, Takunda Ruiske.
Howard University is known as one of the top HBCUs in the country with a rich history. It has been the home of notable alumni such as the late Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Taraji P. Henson (Actress, Empire, Think Like a Man), former Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, Vice President Kamala Harris, writer Ta-Nahesi Coates, and Zora Neal Hurston.
“I’m really excited to have the chance to work with Howard Rugby and present the HBCU Rugby Classic in a new location, with new opportunities this year. There is so much notoriety that comes with Howard University, and I’m hyped to see how the HBCU Rugby Classic grows from here,” said HCBU Rugby Classic director, Gift Egbelu.