CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Features MSSD Boys and Girls Rugby Teams
Some remarkable things are happening in the sport of rugby as it gains popularity in the U.S., and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) is on the cutting edge with its boys and now girls teams. The MSSD boys rugby team caught the attention of Fox Media last year who ran a documentary on their Real American Stories series about the unique relationship between MSSD and their rugby mentor team, Hyde Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. This spring, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, sent a crew out to film MSSD and Hyde at a back-to-back match of MSSD girls vs. Hyde girls team followed by MSSD boys vs. Hyde boys.
The CBS News feature captured the unique friendship that has developed as the all African-American Hyde team has built a mentorship role in introducing the all-deaf Model teams to the rules and strategies of the sport. Hyde started its rugby team ten years ago, Model boys started two years ago. Hyde coach Tal Bayer and MSSD athletic director Mark Burke work closely together to build the skills of both teams. This year, the MSSD girls fielded a team for the first time and proved at the match that they are every bit at competitive in the scrum.