Yeny C. Olivas
Job That Pays the Bills:
University of Hartford Rugby Club (Club President, 3 years)
Founding members of the Fairfield Yankees Women’s Rugby Club (Captain, 2016-2021)
Fairfield Yankees Women’s Rugby (Match Secretary 2016-2017, Vice President 2017-2022)
Level 1 Certified Referee
Leading Like a Boss:
Fairfield University Women’s Rugby Club (Assistant Coach)
Fairfield Lady Pegasi High School Girls Rugby (Assistant Coach)
Fairfield Yankees Women’s 7s (Head Coach)
Fairfield Yankees Rugby Club’s first female President of the club
Organized a fundraising ‘takle-a-thon’
Why We Love Yeny:
Yeny has been involved with rugby from the age of 18. She is an impressive scrumhalf and leader on the field and an exceptional leader off the field. She is the first female club president of the Fairfield Yankees, she broke the glass ceiling of this once, stogy, white-male Connecticut institution.
Yeny continues to strive for the growth of women’s rugby while advocating for all women in sports. Those that know her can see the influence she has on the rugby community goes far beyond playing. Her efforts focus on creating a tighter community by encouraging her club to partake in community service.
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