Hyde-DC Rugby Players Focus of Special Fox Sports Documentary

Washington, DC – The African-American rugby team at Hyde Leadership Public Charter School of Washington, DC is the subject of a special Fox Sports News (FSN) Documentary airing nationwide throughout February, Black History Month.

Entitled Hyde Rugby: A New World, the half-hour documentary is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor, Terrence Howard, and chronicles “the extraordinary efforts and determination of students at a D.C. charter school.”

Fox Sports producers interviewed Hyde-DC student-athletes and alumni, parents, school administrators, teachers and coaches over a two-month period. Camera crews filmed school rugby scrimmages and games, attended classroom sessions, and visited athletes’ homes, churches and other community venues.

FSN is the nation’s leading provider of local sports. Its regional and affiliated networks reach more than 80 million homes across the U.S.

“This is fantastic exposure for the entire Hyde community,” said Dr. JoAnn “Doc” Cason, head of school at Hyde-DC. “We’re so proud of our rugby players! Athletics reinforces important Hyde concepts, like Courage, Concern, Curiosity, Integrity and Leadership.”

The Hyde-DC documentary is airing in the Washington, DC area on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on Feb. 12, 21 and 28. To find local stations where the show will air, visit http://www.tvguide.com/ and enter your zip code.

“Hyde emphasizes character development. Rugby provides our students with the perfect opportunity to develop and test their strength of character,” said Tal Bayer, Hyde-DC’s head rugby coach and director of development.

Fox Sports is the latest national media to give positive attention to the “Pride of Hyde” for its noteworthy accomplishments, on and off the playing field.

  • The New York Times featured a story last November about Hyde-DC’s team, entitled The Unlikely Scrum. Reporter Will Bardenwerper described how rugby is “breaking down barriers and opening up new possibilities for this all-African-American high school team.”
  • Hyde-DC Alumni P.J. Komongnan, a top-notch rugby player hoping to turn professional, was profiled by Associated Press International during a recent trip to the UK to promote Ultimate Rugby Sevens.
  • CBS Evening News filmed interviews with Hyde-DC rugby players and coaches for a segment that is scheduled to air this winter.