Passion met with purpose. That’s what Jess Neilson, high school veteran rugby player from Victoria, Canada has once again orchestrated with great results. Nak Suu Tigers Cleat Drive Round 2 has brought in approximately 80 pairs of cleats for the children of Nak Suu Rugby Academy this year. That means between round 1 and 2, the drives have brought in a total of almost 200 pairs!
Jessica is no stranger to overcoming obstacles and affecting change as she and her mom piloted an effort to change the Lower Island Middle School Sports Association policy of restricting girls at the age of 12 from playing on mixed rugby teams. Their efforts were successful after a final appeal as the LIMSSA now allows mixed gendered teams at higher ages.
Because of Jess’s coordination of both cleat drives, children whose families cannot afford rugby equipment, are able to participate in the weekly rugby program safely with proper footwear.
Thank you Jess, and thank you to each and every person who participated, not only in the cleat drive but who have shown care and support for the children of the world with your generous act of giving.