US Lacrosse Announces First Stick Program Award Recipients

BALTIMORE, Sept. 12, 2012 - US Lacrosse today announced that 102 teams nationwide have been awarded development grants through the 2012 First Stick Program.

This national US Lacrosse initiative is designed to deliver comprehensive resources, equipment, US Lacrosse membership and training for coaches to awarded teams. The program is geared for new and developing youth and high school lacrosse teams nationwide.

First Stick Program grant recipients now begin a two-year partnership with US Lacrosse, during which time the national organization will help to develop a self-sustaining lacrosse program that operates by US Lacrosse's national standards and best practices. One of the program's primary goals is to help break down the barriers to participation by providing free and/or discounted resources to new teams.

"We're excited that teams from all over the country, including some areas where lacrosse is just beginning to appear, are among this group of award recipients," said Morgan Cook, manager of the US Lacrosse First Stick Program. "We look forward to getting to know each of these new teams and partnering in their development over the next two years."

Applicant groups were required to demonstrate a financial need and verify their status as a community based youth team or organization, or an elementary, middle or high school team in order to be considered.

"We congratulate each of these recipients because there was a very rigorous application and selection process for the program," said Billy Hook, director of programs at US Lacrosse. "The benefits of this program are all encompassing and provide all the tools necessary to help new teams become truly self-sustaining."

All told, 66 boys' teams and 36 girls' teams comprise the 2012 First Stick Program award group. The full listing of recipient teams is included below.

High School Boys
Millard North Mustangs - Omaha, Neb.
Starkville Storm - Starkville, Miss.
Dundee-Crown Lacrosse Club - West Dundee, Ill.
Dunlap Eagles Lacrosse - Peoria, Ill.
Scott County High School - Georgetown, Ky.
Eagles Lacrosse Club Dayton, Ohio
Franklin Lacrosse Club Franklin, Wis.
Blazers/Wauwatosa Lacrosse Club - Milwaukee, Wis.
St. Paul Catholic High School Bristol, Conn.
Hermitage High School - Henrico, Va.
Chester Athletic Association - Chester, Va.
Hurricane High School - Culloden, W.Va.
Preston High School - Bruceton Mills, W.Va.
Panhandle Club Hedgesville, W.Va.
Emmett Lacrosse Club Emmett, Idaho
Billings Scorpions Billings, Mont.
Rockledge High School - Rockledge, Fla.
Cooper City Cowboys Lacrosse Club - Cooper City, Fla.
Forsyth Face-Off Club - Cumming, Ga.
Lakeside Lacrosse Club Atlanta, Ga.
Indian River - Ocean View, Del.
The Re-Education Foundation - Philadelphia, Pa.
North Pocono High School Moscow, Pa.
Freedom Lacrosse Club Easton, Pa.
Boston Latin School Charlestown, Mass.
Winslow High School - Winslow, Maine
Norco High School - Norco, Calif.
San Diego High - San Diego, Calif.

Youth Boys
Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club - Saint Louis, Mo.
Omaha Lacrosse Club - Omaha, Neb.
Lincoln NE Lacrosse Club Lincoln, Neb.
Berwyn Park District Berwyn, Ill.
Bloomington Normal Warriors Lacrosse Bloomington, Ill.
Norski Lacrosse Club - Sun Prairie, Wis.
MPS First Nations Studies Lacrosse Team Milwaukee, Wis.
YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Siskey Branch Matthews, N.C.
City of Easley Girls' Rec Lacrosse - Easley, S.C.
North Attleboro Big Red Lacrosse - North Attleboro, Mass.
Brockton Middle School Athletics Program Brockton, Mass.
KMS Lacrosse Warren, R.I.
Prince George's Pride - University Park, Md.
Charm City Youth Lacrosse League Baltimore, Md.
Franklin County Lacrosse - Moneta, Va.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond Richmond, Va.
Shenandoah County Sabers - Fort Valley, Va.
Preston Middle School - Bruceton Mills, W.Va.
Panhandle Lacrosse Association for Youth Hedgesville, W.Va.
East High - Salt Lake City, Utah
Hoosick Falls Lacrosse Club - Hoosick, N.Y.
Brooklyn Battery Brooklyn, N.Y.
Albany Recreation Lacrosse Albany, N.Y.
Black Hills Lacrosse Association - Rapid City, S.D.
Sandpoint Lacrosse Sagle, Idaho
South Bay Outlaws - Chula Vista, Calif.
East County Youth Lacrosse - La Mesa, Calif.
Oasis Academy Lacrosse - Fallon, Nev.
Georgetown Youth Lacrosse Georgetown, Texas
Princeton Lacrosse - Bessemer, Ala.
Key West Youth Lacrosse League - Key West, Fla.
SoFlo Lacrosse - Miami Gardens, Fla.
Lincoln Middle School Lacrosse Club - Alachua, Fla.
Northwest Georgia Lacrosse Club - Dalton, Ga.
Greater Oconee Area Lacrosse - Athens, Ga.
Northeastern Youth Sports Association - Mt. Wolf, Pa.
Meadvill Crawford Lacrosse Club - Conneaut Lake, Pa.
Patriot Lacrosse - New Gloucester, Maine

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