Charlotte Royals Rugby Club

Charlotte NC 28217

LGBTQ History Tour in Charlotte/Charlotte Royals Rugby Club
VAMONDE Charlotte
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Charlotte Royals Rugby Club

A Royal Entrance

"The Charlotte Royals were founded in 2004 by a group of men who felt that the community lacked a gay rugby team. The team was formed after members were invited to watch a scrimmage between the Atlanta Bucks and the Raleigh Kodiaks and believed that this could happen in the Queen City. Rugby was not very popular and widely known in the South, however, the members saw the gay community embracing the sport and decided to form the team. The team at that time was small but determined. They learned the basics by joining practices with the Charlotte Mayhem and the Raleigh Kodiaks. From there, they gained local support and after a few years the team started to get a lot of buzz and the local gay community was showing more interest in the sport of rugby". (Taken from Charlotte Royals Rugby Team "About Us" page)

Not Just For Sport

According to the Charlotte Royals, their mission is the following:

"The mission of the Charlotte Royals is to foster a supportive environment where gay and bisexual men and their straight allies can learn and play the sport of rugby. The team is open to all men regardless of their sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion, age, size, or whether or not they have ever played sports before. New members to the Charlotte Royals are expected to develop their individual athleticism as well as their sense of teamwork and sportsmanship. We partner with various community organizations and businesses to bring awareness to the sport of rugby and the importance of physical fitness and teamwork. The Charlotte Royals also donate time and resources to local charities and organizations to demonstrate our commitment to being a positive influence on the greater community". (Taken from Charlotte Royals Rugby Team "About Us" page)

(Cover Image Credit: Zechariah Sanders Photography via charlotteroyalsrugby.com)

LGBTQ History Tour in Charlotte

Charlotte Royals Rugby Club

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