The boys who come to the Genesis Vikings Christian Rugby Academy represent a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds, life skills preparation, and educational privilege (or lack thereof). After a year or two of intense physical training and spiritual discipleship at Genesis, some go on to a much different life than they came from.
The men who spear-headed the rugby academy have a heart not only to see these boys grow spiritually and physically. Christ's compassion motivates them to see these boys flourish.
"What if these boys get invited to a wedding someday? They better know how to dance!", mused Pastor Trevor Downham.
Indeed. What if their success in rugby launches them into an entirely different world, as it already has with some of our boys? Won't they need to know how to attend a fancy dinner, balance a check book, and be good stewards of their money? What life skills can we, as a church, build in these boys to see them FLOURISH? Doesn't "loving your neighbor as yourself" go beyond the big things and seep into the little things in life?
And so life skills were added to the physical and spiritual training of the Vikings Rugby boys' regimen. From banking to ballroom dancing.