17th Annual White Plains RFC Jo-Jo Moore Rugby Tournament

Picture 4In 1991, while playing hooker in an Old Boys match, Matt “Jo-Jo” Moore suffered a severe spinal cord injury when engaging in a scrum.  After being stabilized, the doctors confirmed the tragic reality–he had broken his neck and was now a quadriplegic.  At the time, Jo-Jo was a loving father of four daughters as well as a dedicated teacher, wrestling coach, and swimming coach in the Peekskill School system.  In addition, he was an active member of the community as a New York State softball umpire, volleyball official, volunteer fireman, and church deacon.       

Now, 19 years later, Jo-Jo continues to demonstrate courage and leadership qualities that inspire all that know him.  Since his accident, Jo-Jo has returned to teaching and coaching, earned a second Masters Degree, and volunteers as a health teacher at a small private school.  He remains to be a vibrant member of the community and a role model for all who meet him.

In honor of Jo-Jo, his wife Peggy, and their family, the White Plains Rugby Club will host the 17th Annual Jo-Jo Moore Rugby Tournament on Saturday June 27th at the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York.   With four divisions, ranging from Old Boys to Premiere, the all-day tournament will help support Jo-Jo so that he can live a more active and independent lifestyle, and continue to be an inspirational member of the community.

The White Plains Rugby Club is currently seeking participation, sponsorship, and donations for this worthwhile cause.  In the spirit of rugby, help the White Plains Rugby Club, and support Jo-Jo Moore.

Click here for tournament info & sponsorship opportunities 


2 Responses to “17th Annual White Plains RFC Jo-Jo Moore Rugby Tournament”

  1. Hi everyone,

    We did make it in June and now we are wondering if a date has been set for 2010?
    Maybe we can make it again.
    Thanks for all you do and happy New year!

    Enjoy the Journey,
    Bob and Debbie Oro

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