As students complete reports and finals, go to proms, prepare for graduation and many of the end of school Year rituals, our rugby team and step team are busy winning competitions. Here’s a follow-up to our Where the Goodwill Goes blog posted on May 14.

Goodwill Rugby Team Wins AIG Cup

image1We are very excited because Goodwill NY-NJ’s Rugby team, Queens Vocational Tigers RFC, took home the plate in the AIG Cup on June 6! The students from Goodwill’s program at Queens Vocational & Technical -Community School played four games. They won a nail-biter in overtime in the plate finals with a score of 4-3.

“We all are very proud of the students and their hard work,” Rob Mesika, member of the Gotham Knights who started the rugby program at Goodwill this year. “The boys couldn’t be more excited to take home a trophy. They said it was one of the few their school had ever won.”

In 2015, the Gotham Knights rugby team selected Goodwill NY-NJ to provide leadership to start a rugby training program in two schools where Goodwill offers services in Long Island City, Queens.

For more information about Goodwill’s Rugby program or to learn about the services Goodwill provides at Beacon 141 and Queens Vocational & Technical -Community School, please contact (718) 937-3010 or tmccoy@  

Goodwill’s program at Queens Vocational & Technical -Community School:
37-02 Forty -Seventh Avenue
Long Island city, NY 11101
Goodwill’s Step Team Wins 3rd Place in National competition

Beacon’s Finest, Goodwill’s step team at PS 109 continues to win competitions. They won third place in the Step USA national competition in Harrisburg, PA on May 20.They currently are preparing to compete in New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development Step it Up competition at the Apollo Theater on June 20.

For more information on services on Goodwill’s Beacon 109 in Queens, please contact (718) 776-0183 or

Beacon 109:
213-10 92nd Avenue, Queens, NY 11428

Beacon Community Centers provide a wide array of educational and recreational activities for anybody ages 6- adult. The Beacon programs are designed to engage the entire community of the host school, after school, evenings, weekends, school holidays, and during the summer. Activities include homework help, music, dance, cooking, basketball, SAT and college preparation activities, basketball, ESL, Junior Achievement, Girls Scouts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) , service learning, Robotics, Project Based Learning, and much more.

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