Get fit, give back with sports clubs in Syracuse

If you have a passion for playing, Syracuse likely has a sports team or club that is right for you -- from rugby to roller derby, running to rowing, there's no excuse for adults to sit at home.

And the best part? These teams give back. By running youth clinics, organizing fundraisers for charities or donating profits directly to other organizations, it truly pays to play.

Here's a round up of some not-for-profit and charitable teams and clubs open to adults in the 'Cuse... take your pick:

Syracuse Chargers Rugby Club

Dan Sieburg grew up playing lacrosse and soccer, never rugby. But after college, the Syracuse Chargers Rugby Club caught his attention.

"I decided I needed to do something to get back in shape. I was a rookie at 29 years old," Sieburg said.

Five years later, Sieburg is now the vice president of the club and a starter on the roster. And he's hooked.

"Rugby is very addictive, once you start you can't stop," he said.

The success of the rugby club in the last few years is evidence that Sieburg's teammates agree. The Chargers brought home the New York State Championships five years in a row, from 2002 to 2006, and a Northeast Championship in 2003. They also played in the National Championship that year. Though the last three years have been "down years," according to Sieburg -- the team finished third in the state for three seasons -- it's clear they take ruby seriously.

"We train 10 months out of the year," said Sieburg. "There's very little downtime." The team practices two evenings a week and weekends, rain or shine -- a commitment that Sieburg thinks is too much for some would-be players.

"There's these men's 'beer league' softball teams -- that's not what we are," he said. "It's easy to go play softball."

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