US Lacrosse awards equipment grants to 12 state lacrosse programs

SEATTLE – Twelve youth and high school lacrosse programs across Washington state have been awarded $7,000 in lacrosse equipment as apart of an annual grant program of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse.

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A pair of youth lacrosse players cut and dodge on the sidelines of a boys high school state tournament game last spring in Seattle. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

Communities with lacrosse programs receiving the grants, each valued at nearly $600, include Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Sequim, Tacoma, Bellingham, Vashon Island, Stanwood and Edmonds.

The grants will help local families seeking assistance in providing protective equipment for their children such as helmets for boys and eye-gear for girls along with sticks, gloves and pads.

“Regardless of financial circumstances it’s important that we open doors for young people and families to participate in youth sports and get in the game,” said Dave Low, president of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse.  “We’re excited to help local clubs and youth sports organizations jump start lacrosse in their communities.”

Since 2002 the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse has awarded 149 separate equipment grants valued at $96,950 to jump-start boys and girls youth and high school lacrosse programs throughout Washington state.

 

 

US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter 2014 Equipment Grants
Spokane (Spokane Youth Lacrosse)
Tri-Cities (Tri-Cities Youth Lacrosse, Richland High School Lacrosse Club, Southridge High School Lacrosse Club)
Vancouver (Vancouver Youth Lacrosse)
Sequim (Port Angeles-Sequim Girls High School Lacrosse)
Tacoma (Stadium High School Lacrosse)
Bellingham (Bellingham Youth Lacrosse)
Issaquah (Liberty Lacrosse Club)
Vashon Island (Vashon Lacrosse Club)
Stanwood (Stanwood High School Lacrosse Club)
Edmonds (Edmonds Lacrosse Club)

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 415,000 members in 64 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport.

www.WashingtonHSLAX.com