Young Athlete Wins DHL Contest to Deliver Match Ball at Rugby World Cup 2019™
Jamiyah Brown, an 11-year-old rugby player from Memphis, will experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver an official match ball at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, courtesy of DHL Express.
Selected as the winner of the #DHLGoForward contest, Jamiyah will become a part of rugby history by representing the U.S. on the world stage of Rugby World Cup 2019. On October 2, 2019, Jamiyah will deliver the official Match Ball to the referee on the field at the USA and France match and experience one of the biggest international sporting events!
Last Friday, DHL Express surprised Jamiyah with the news alongside her teammates, coaches, family members and other community supporters at Memphis Inner City Rugby Community Day, held at Vance Middle School.
Jamiyah was selected as the winner because of her leadership, compassion and dedication for the sport and her team. Shortly after joining her rugby team last October, her demonstration of strong, natural leadership qualities led to her nomination as team captain.
Though her time with rugby has been short, she has shown a great understanding of the dynamics of a successful team and has quickly developed a strong passion for the game. Jamiyah also serves as a role model for other young girls interested in playing rugby—a typically male-dominated sport.
“We are ecstatic to bring an opportunity like this to Jamiyah, a truly deserving young athlete who demonstrates leadership on and off the field,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “She has a bright future in athletics ahead of her and we are honored to be able to make this dream come true for her.”
DHL is once again partnering with World Rugby to be the Official Logistics Partner and a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019. Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place in Japan from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, 2019.
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