USA Sevens Rugby
That’s what you see at the USA Sevens Rugby tournament in Las Vegas. Not just within the players on the 16 national teams that compete annually, but also from its passionate fans from across the globe.
That was especially true this year for a group of die-hard fans from the island nation of Fiji.
Tropical Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 storm with winds estimated at 185 mph, wrecked their homeland in February, leaving more than 40 dead and thousands displaced from their homes during a month-long state of disaster.
But the effects of the storm were felt across the globe. And for some, gathering at the USA Sevens Rugby event provided the first step toward healing.
“We came to show support for our defending champs,” said one member of a blue-wig-wearing quintet who came from Seattle just to root for the Fiji national team. “The storm was so devastating for our country. Today we are looking forward and celebrating our unity.”
The stands were filled with supporters from each participating country, many wearing custom outfits and taking part of a weekend of tailgates and other related activities that they'll never forget.
That's especially true for the group from Fiji, who watched as their national squad repeated as USA Sevens Cup champions.