The “Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Club” was formed in 1973 and was originally named the “University of Pittsburgh Law School Rugby Football Club”. For forty years the Club has grown in numbers and stature and, currently competes in Division 1 Men’s Club Rugby- the highest competitive level in the country.
The Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Association (PHRFA) was founded in 1995 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit youth mentoring organization. The PHRFA uses a volunteer network of nationally certified rugby coaches and players to provide community rugby programs to disadvantaged youth and teen groups throughout Allegheny County, with the goal of instilling the values that team athletics can provide, including self-confidence, leadership, and integrity.
In 2015, the Association has undertaken its 18th year of uninterrupted Youth Mentoring Programs in the Pittsburgh Area. The 2015 Program includes 4 sites, 28 neighborhoods, 1500 volunteer hours, and over 200 youth from predominantly at risk communities.