US Lacrosse Announces Chapter Grants, First Stick Awards

BALTIMORE, MD US Lacrosse announced awards of $37,000 in new grants to support the local lacrosse development efforts of 27 regional chapters. These awards, made through the Chapter Grant program, will be utilized for various local activities, ranging from coaching education clinics to youth participation events. Each chapter submitted its grant request based on locally-identified initiatives and priorities.

"US Lacrosse appreciates the tireless efforts of our local chapter volunteers who are dedicated to helping support the growth of the game," said Steve Kirr, director of regional development at US Lacrosse. "Hopefully, these chapter grants provide enough assistance to make local initiatives a reality and help share the mission and vision of US Lacrosse in these areas."

US Lacrosse has 64 chapters nationwide that help deliver many of the programs and services offered by the organization. Each chapter has a leadership board that works in conjunction with the national office to identify local priorities and organize chapter and regional initiatives.

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI received two grants, with one targeted to support the chapter's 2013 Hall of Fame event, and the second to be used for a US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 2 clinic.

ARIZONA received two grants in support of local outreach efforts. The first grant will help subsidize a two-day "Grow the Game" event, aimed at attracting new coaches and volunteers. The second grant will offset the cost of a promotional tent and flags to be used by chapter representatives at on-site events.

ARKANSAS will use funding to defray costs of hosting a US Lacrosse physical education workshop.

COLORADO received three grants, with funds to be to host two Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) sessions during the Rocky Mountain Regional Convention and to offset general convention expenses; and to produce a chapter brochure to use for promotional purposes.

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS - Funding will be used by the chapter to support the Cape Ann Adaptive Lacrosse Program which introduces the game to physically and mentally handicapped youth.

GREAT PLAINS will host an educational lacrosse weekend for coaches and parents to include Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics as well as PCA clinic and safety training (CPR & First Aid).

GREATER LOS ANGELES will host three CEP clinics and will use grant dollars to subsidize costs.

GREATER ROCHESTER - Funding will be used to recruit and train new women's game officials in the area.

IDAHO will use grant funding to provide lacrosse education to coaches, parents and officials in the eastern portion of the state.

ILLINOIS will host a Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics.

MONTANA was awarded three grants which will be used to establish an officials training program; to produce resource kits for use at jamboree youth events; and to purchase equipment to utilize in a loaner program for new teams.

NEW HAMPSHIRE received two grants which will be used for officials' training as well as education sessions for coaches.

NEW JERSEY NORTH will use grant dollars to subsidize the cost of background checks for boys' officials.

NORTH COAST OHIO received three grants which will be used for two Level 1 CEP clinics; and to offset expenses for its annual players' clinics.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA received two grants to be used for hosting Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics, and to offset local expenses associated with the US Lacrosse Western Regional Championship.

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