Buckley lacrosse club helps youth get active with national grant

SEATTLE – A boys lacrosse club in Buckley, Wash. has received a grant from US Lacrosse to help young people in its community get active.

A pair of lacrosse players from Buckley take part in a local youth game. (Photo: Amanda Nino)

A pair of lacrosse players from the Buckley / Enumclaw area take part in a local youth game. (Photo: Amanda Nino)

White River Boys Lacrosse, which serves some 200 third grade through high schoolers, will receive resources from US Lacrosse to field lacrosse teams and put on introductory clinics, ranging from equipment to coaching education, through a US Lacrosse “First Stick” grant.

The award, the only “First Stick” grant to a Washington state club in 2015 and one of 110 to lacrosse clubs in 37 states, will help local youth whose families are struggling to afford the cost of youth sports try lacrosse, said Kristin Henke, co-president of the White River Lacrosse Booster Club.

“We want everyone who wants to play to be able to play.  It’s a community builder,” said Henke, whose program serves Foothills, Elk Ridge, Mountain Meadow, Wilkeson and Carbonado Elementary Schools along with Glacier Middle School and local high schools.

Over two years the grant will include 32 full lacrosse equipment sets valued up to $500 each including a stick, helmet, shoulder and elbow pads, gloves and goaltender gear along with coach’s training for US Lacrosse certification and team-building.

The grant will also help local youth with an interest in lacrosse to participate in White River’s fall “Try Lacrosse” clinic, Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 1 – 3 p.m. at White River High School.  The clinic costs $10 and is open to elementary and middle school boys and girls.

For a complete list of national “First Stick” grant recipients in 2015 visit: US Lacrosse awards 110 first stick program grants. To learn more about the “First Stick” grant program visit: US Lacrosse First Stick Grants.

Enumclaw, Buckley Area “Try Lacrosse” Clinics

WHAT: White River Lacrosse Booster Club “Try Lacrosse” Clinic
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 11 (1 – 3 p.m.)
WHERE: White River High School (26928 120th St E, Buckley, WA 98321)
WHO: Elementary School and Middle School Boys and Girls
COST: $10 per participant
IF YOU GO: Wear athletic clothing. No equipment or prior experience necessary

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.



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