The Northeast Olympic Development Academy announced Tuesday three tournaments it will participate in – New York 7s Nov. 30, Trinidad and Tobago 7s Dec. 7-8 and the Las Vegas Invitational in January.
Two teams will be entered in New York 7s, one representing the Empire (NYC) training squad and one representing the New England training squad.
“We are mindful that our two main goals are that of widening the player pool for USA 7s and to see our players recognized for higher honors,” said Academy coach Steve Lewis.
“I believe we have three or four players who are good enough right now and who will be pressing for selection very soon. The only place that players can prove a point is on the field, so, as an organization, we need to keep playing and provide that opportunity for them.”
Formed only in May, the Northeast Academy has had a very successful start, competing with distinction and taking fifthth place at the inaugural World Club Sevens at Twickenham in August. That same weekend, another Northeast team performed creditably at Serevi RugbyTown Sevens in Glendale, which was a real test of the fledgling organization’s administrative and playing strength, and which Academy Director Sean Horan believes was passed, “with flying colors”.