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Jason Riekena is a senior at Big Sky High School and a member of the Missoula Mud Dogs rugby team. For his senior project he decided to organize a rugby sevens tournament to raise awareness for the sport and teen suicide.

"I'm so excited I've worked so hard and for so long and now it's my opportunity to show what I've been working on and teach the public a little bit about rugby and suicide awareness and why I'm at it," said Riekena.

In December 2012 Jason's younger brother Jack committed suicide at the age of 15. Jack played rugby and got Jason involved in the sport so he thought there would be no better way to remember his brother and raise awareness for suicide prevention than by putting on a rugby tournament.

"My biggest thing is that I want people to be educated about suicide, it's the most preventable death so I think if we get more awareness out there there's help and we can decrease the amount of people committing suicide," said Riekena.

"This was kind of his idea and what he wanted to do and we all jumped together and started using the people we knew and the contacts we had and tried to make this a real special event and something different," said the State Administrator for Montana Youth Rugby Lance Osler.

17 youth teams from across the state competed in the tournament which had a good crowd and it was everything Jason could have imagined and more.

"Oh yeah this is more than I even expected, especially the weather is great, the rugby, everything is falling into place and I couldn't wish for anything better," said Riekena.

After the play on the field, Jason gave a speech and said if this tournament could help prevent just one person from taking their life it was well worth it.

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