Grizzlies Foundation partners with MICR to create a culture of fitness and pipeline to non-traditional sport participation. GrizzFit Coaches are matched as Assistant Coaches on each of MICR's competitive high school rugby teams.
Designed by educators and powered by coaches, Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR) has been expanding opportunities for students in low-resourced neighborhoods since 2012. Using a Value-Based Coaching Model and strong school partnerships, MICR uses the power of a non-traditional sport to challenge students in new ways while exposing them to uncommon enrichment opportunities like Yoga, travel, and team-focused tutoring. MICR works to remove any financial or geographical barriers to rugby and the programming surrounding it. MICR alums are now pursuing degrees from some of the nation's best colleges and many have earned rugby scholarships to do so.