ICEF Rugby is a leadership, team building and character development program. We align ourselves with the ICEF Mission of getting our students to attend and compete and the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation. We use rugby as the vehicle to provide skills to ensure this mission can become a reality.
The mission of ICEF Public Schools is to prepare all students to attend and compete at the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation. ICEF operates 14 schools educating 4,200 students in grades K through 12. ICEF serves an 82 percent African-American and 16 percent Hispanic student population. Over 80% of students are eligible for the Federal 'Free & Reduced' lunch program, a nationally recognized measure of economic poverty.
Stuart Krohn started his rugby journey a lot later than most of the ICEF players. He first picked up the sport in college at the University of Colorado and then moved to California to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was an All-American. He'd eventually go on to play professionally for 13 years, captaining the Hong Kong national team. Upon his return to the states, he landed a job coaching the Santa Monica Men's Club while simultaneously teaching English at a small charter school in Los Angeles. For years Krohn had a dream of bringing rugby to the inner city, he started the rugby program at ICEF Public Schools in 2002, on the small View Park campus at the corner of Crenshaw Bvld and Slauson Ave. As director of ICEF's rugby program, Krohn and his staff have taught the game to thousands of kids over the last decade and taken hundreds on annual international rugby tours, The ICEF Rugby Program is in its 12th season serving thousands of students in South Los Angeles. It includes physical education programs, after-school, middle school flag rugby teams, and boys and girls, middle and high school tackle programs. ICEF Rugby is opening worlds for students in South Los Angeles.
David Hughes - Youth Development Officer
SCYR is in the governing body for youth rugby in Southern California. It involves a pathway of development from small 7 a side non-contact "touch" rugby for young players, through to full 15 a side contact rugby for high school level teams. Youth rugby is for both boys and girls.
David Hughes joined the ICEF Team in 2005 when he was playing rugby for Stuart Krohn and Santa Monica Rugby Club. With Santa Monica Rugby Club David won a National Championship in 2006 and then led the Super League in scoring in 2007.
He started as a PE teacher at View Park Prep Middle School, his 'go to' lesson was always flag rugby! With the rugby program growing and other ICEF schools requesting rugby David moved on to being the Rugby Youth Development Officer for all 12 ICEF Schools.
Outside of his family, rugby and traveling are David's two passions. David was on one of his world tours when he came to the US to finish out his rugby days. He was lucky enough to earn several semi-pro contracts around the world which enabled him to combine both traveling and rugby. He looks forward to his students sending him postcards from their travels!