Chicago Wapiti Rugby Football Club (CWRFC) is a 501 (c) 3 Not for Profit Illinois Corporation. Wapiti – Commonly referred to as Elk. Wapiti ranged widely throughout Illinois as far back as the Ice Age until the middle of the 19th century. Native Americans saw Wapiti as symbols of strength, agility, freedom, power, nobility, pace and equilibrium of energy. Wapiti have a unique type of warrior energy.
Our Mission is to create an enjoyable environment centered on the developmental aspects of rugby focusing on the finest qualities of the game – integrity, physical fitness, responsibility, skill development and sportsmanship – while having fun.
The Style of Play is Rookie Rugby which is a seven-a-side game with no tackles, rucks, mauls, scrums, or lineouts. It will be played as a touch game, and the format allows teaching the ball handling, movement, tactics and strategy elements of the game. We expected that we would need a minimum of 40 kids participating and the maximum we felt could be reasonably managed was 96 in our inaugural season. Our target age group was 3rd through 6th Grade Boys and Girls (Teams were to be co-ed) for the initial season. For the Fall 2011 season, we ended up with 78 players and had to expand our target age range to 4-14 to accommodate the overwhelming interest in our program.
In 2013, Wapiti formed a co-ed tackle program to join the iYRA Middle School division, where we fielded two teams, a 5th & 6th grade team and a 7th and 8th grade team.
The success of the program will hinge on motivating parents and those in the Rugby Community to volunteer in many ways as well as to provide the financial support we will need. Please visit the fundraising page for sponsorship and donations.