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Kenyan diaspora to celebrate rugby, country pride during USA Sevens Rugby 10th Anniversary

Kenyans Connect and WATU & Co. commemorate bringing African-inspired culture to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – In celebration of the tournament’s tenth year, Kenyans Connect and WATU & Co., in conjunction with the Embassy of The Republic Of Kenya, Washington, D.C., have organized a series of cultural events that will take place across the Las Vegas valley Feb. 28- Mar. 3.

Festivities will kick off Thursday, Feb. 28, with the USA Sevens Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The 10th Annual Kenya Rugby Sevens Meet & Greet Red Carpet Welcome Reception will follow at Beer Park Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard at 9 p.m., with the official program to begin at 10 p.m. 8910 9

The Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, Robinson Njeru Githae, and other dignitaries, event sponsors and corporate executives are expected to attend as well.

“The continuous participation of the Kenya team in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas draws in thousands of Kenyans living in the diaspora, who are fiercely passionate about their country and the sport of rugby,” said Ambassador Githae. “The team’s determination and commitment to continue to represent our country is definitely a source of great pride. As the Embassy covering the United States, we continue to look forward to supporting them during this tournament.”

The Kenya Rugby Sevens team and management have been invited and their attendance is to be confirmed pending their schedule.

On Friday, Mar. 1, at 2 p.m. rugby fans from across the globe will converge at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 East Russell Road, for the start of the 2019 HSBC Sevens World Series.

For the seventh year in a row, fans and spectators alike will have the opportunity to experience food, crafts, music and all things Kenyan, at the Kenya Korner and WATU & Co. booths in the USA Sevens Fan Festival area. Catering to more than 70,000 rugby fans and spectators, the Fan Festival area promotes sports, culture, food and vendors from the 16 countries represented in the tournament series.

“It is always so exciting to welcome the Kenya Rugby team and Kenyan community to the entertainment capital of the world,” said Jennifer Gachui of WATU & Co. “The USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament continues to attract thousands of Kenyans from the diaspora, making the weekend the single largest gathering of Kenyan diaspora in North America. The city

of Las Vegas and all we have to offer here certainly plays a big part in the growing numbers. Las Vegas provides a destination experience and every year we see more and more Kenyans come in to support the team and enjoy the weekend.”

The Kenyan diaspora and fans will continue with the rugby games Saturday, Mar.2, and Sunday Mar. 3.

Tickets for the 2019 USA Sevens Rugby tournament can be purchased here:

Kenyans Connect and WATU & Co. are diaspora organizations headquartered in the United States. They produce events for the Kenyan diaspora, while being liaisons to private and public sector stakeholders in Kenya. Both organizations aim to create cultural experiences for locals and diaspora alike, inspired by and celebrating their Kenyan heritage.

As copied from Jane Mugwe Kenya Embassy Washington DC



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