SIOUX FALLS, SD – Dakota Unity Rugby is committed to bringing the sport to the forefront of Sioux Falls.
“Our long-term goal is to make Sioux Falls the epitome of rugby in the Midwest. Chicago is great, Minneapolis is great, whatever the big city; we can offer a lot more than these places can as long as we have a good head start and stay on top, especially with young people growing up, ”said Dedula.
And that’s exactly what their plan is.
“This is the first year that we will be doing the inagural rugby clinic with the Sanford Legends Camps. It was supposed to be last year, covid obviously pushed that back another year which is not a problem, we had to make sure we were following the health protocols, ”Artz said. “The Sanford Legends decided to bring us into that, which was a great idea for us to be able to show the community what rugby is, what it has to offer and how kids can enjoy it.”
There is also a men’s 7-man league this summer for college graduates and up.
“It’s easier to get away from soccer and soccer and all those other sports that people are used to in America growing up, to be like hey, here’s that team, it’s a fun team. We go out and you run straight, attack someone if they approach you. That’s what the 7 are, ”Dedula said.
Dedula says it’s worth spending time not only for the sport, but also for the camaraderie that comes with it.
“You can get so many cliques in this school and they can all come together on this pitch and you will be best friends for the rest of your life. I have never met a more close-knit family than rugby players, ”said Dedula.