US Lacrosse Announces Chapter Grants, First Stick Awards

ORANGE COUNTY received two grants to be used to help run a Fall Ball event for high school girls' teams and to host a series of youth player clinics during the fall.

OREGON will use funds for its collaboration with the Oregon Native Youth Initiative to introduce lacrosse to native youth communities.

PHILADELPHIA is planning to host clinics for coaches, officials and players in underserved areas.

PITTSBURGH - Funding will be used to establish a U15 program for underrepresented communities and to provide training for new officials.

POTOMAC will be hosting clinics for new high school players and coaches.

RHODE ISLAND will launch a leadership campaign to recruit new volunteers for the chapter board.

SAN DIEGO will use the funds to support start-up programs, including expenses in finding coaches and securing parent and school support.

ST. LOUIS received two grants to be used to offset expenses for boys' and girls' high school all-star games, and to help fund a three-day ‘Bridging the Gap' event aimed at building the relationship with the local Native American lacrosse community.

VERMONT will host CEP and PCA clinics in addition to its annual recognition dinner.

WASHINGTON was awarded two grants, which will be used to offset expenses for its annual Hall of Fame event as well as costs associated with the Seatown Classic.

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS will host a Level 1 CEP clinic.

WISCONSIN received two grants to be used to host a preseason jamboree event as well as Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics.

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US Lacrosse Announces 2013 First Stick Program Award Recipients

BALTIMORE, MD - US Lacrosse announced that 125 teams nationwide have been awarded development grants through the 2013 First Stick Program.

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

"We're excited that we were able to award grants to teams from so many different parts of the country," said Meghan Mulford, program's manager at US Lacrosse. "The geographical diversity in the applications that we received is further evidence of the growth and interest in the sport beyond its traditional roots."

First Stick Program grant recipients enter 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.

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 they emerged from a very competitive application process as excellent candidates for the First Stick Awards," said Wendell Lee, director of programs at US Lacrosse. "We look forward to partnering with these teams over the next two years to help them emerge as self-sustaining, model programs committed to our organization's best practices."

All told, 75 boys' teams and 50 girls' teams were awarded grants as part of the 2013 First Stick Program group.

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