Jessica Dombrowski

Age: 28


Hails From:

Denver, Colorado


Job that Pays the Bills:

Affinity Senior Manager, USA Rugby Membership


Rugby Life:

  • Illinois State University Women’s Rugby (player, Captain)

  • Illinois Collegiate All-Stars (player)

  • Midwest Thunderbirds U23 Canada Tour (player)

  • USA Rugby Club All-Stars (player)

  • Glendale Women’s Rugby Club (player, Captain)

  • Rocky Mountain Magic 7s team (player, Captain)

  • Colorado Gray Wolves (player, Captain)


Leading Like a Boss:

  • Illinois State University Women’s Rugby (President)

  • Rocky Mountain Magic Rugby (Development Manager)

  • Spearheaded organizational transition plan after Glendale women suddenly became an independent program


Why We Love Jess:

  • Played key role in USAR bankruptcy proceedings presenting a zero-balance budget while making suggestions for organizational survival

  • When asked as to what motivates her rugby enthusiasm, she responded “the moment when I can see someone else fall in love with the sport, whether for the first time or the hundredth… that’s what makes every moment worth it.”

All photos provided by the award recipient

Photo Credits: Alex Ho Photography and Jojo Kitlinski