Jackals Sign Life University Alum Kareem Odeh
Growing up in Brunswick, Ohio, Kareem played football, wrestling, track, baseball, and basketball. He began playing rugby during his sophomore year at Brunswick High School and immediately fell in love with the sport. Kareem says, “I felt more a part of a team than any other sport I played.”
The following year, Kareem was selected for the Ohio Celtic Elite team. This opportunity opened up the doors for him to become a High School All-American and play in Ontario, Canada. He anchored the team as the tighthead prop. He went on to play on the U19 All-American and Collegiate All-American team as well.
After high school, Kareem enrolled in Life University to continue his education and rugby career. His freshman year in 2017, the rugby team fell just short of the National Championship losing the final. They came back strong and took back-to-back National Championships in 2018 and 2019.
Kareem is excited to move to Dallas and be a part of the new franchise. He says, “I was very honored that Coach Allen and Elaine are very eager for me to come and sharpen my skills at the next level.” Kareem is excited for a fresh start and to prove himself. He continued, “I am ready to get to work.” Welcome to the pack Kareem!
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2022 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 12 teams in 2021, featuring 11 from the United States and one from Canada. The competition follows an 18-week regular schedule for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, ESPN+, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
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