Everett, Vancouver lacrosse clubs help youth get active with national grants

SEATTLE – Youth lacrosse clubs in Everett and and Vancouver, Wash. have received grants from US Lacrosse to help young people in their communities get active.

Sixth grader Gabi Franco (right) of the Everett Lacrosse Club wins a draw in a North Sound girls youth lacrosse game last spring.  (Photo:  Peggy Hess)

Sixth grader Gabi Franco (right) of the Everett Lacrosse Club wins a draw in a North Sound girls youth game last spring. (Photo: Peggy Hess)

The Everett Lacrosse Club and Vancouver Youth Lacrosse have received “Soft Stick” awards from the sport’s national governing body that will help the programs introduce young people to the sport.

Valued at $500 each, each grant includes 18 introductory “soft” lacrosse sticks that will help youth that have never played lacrosse get a feel for the game by catching and throwing lacrosse balls with sticks that are appropriate for their size. The grants are available to schools, city and county parks and recreation programs, community youth sports organizations and lacrosse clubs.

The gender neutral, lightweight sticks will also become an important part of each club’s fall introductory clinics for elementary and middle school youth.

“Girls can just show up with a mouth guard and we will outfit them with a stick and goggles and they can hop out there and be a lacrosse player,” said Peggy Hess, girls high school coach with the Everett Lacrosse Club.

The Everett Lacrosse Club’s “Try Lacrosse” event takes place Sunday, Nov. 15.  The clinic for elementary, middle and high school aged girls takes place from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Willis Tucker Park playfields on Snohomish Cascade Drive in Snohomish.  Cost is $10 per participant.

In Southwest Washington, free introductory clinics get underway at 12 noon, Sunday, Nov. 29 at Vancouver’s Salmon Creek Indoor Center, said Vancouver Youth Lacrosse President Nick Underland.

“Our goal is to do our best to eliminate any barriers that would prevent a child trying a new sport for the first time,” said Underland, whose program includes some 60 boys and girls from throughout Clark County.

Vancouver Lacrosse Club “Try It” clinics for elementary and middle school boys and girls continue at the Salmon Creek Indoor Center on Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.

To learn more about US Lacrosse “Soft Stick” grants visit: US Lacrosse Soft Stick Program.

Area Introductory Lacrosse Clinics

North Puget Sound

WHAT: Everett Lacrosse Club Girls “Try Lacrosse” Clinic
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 15 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
WHERE: Playfields at Willis Tucker Park (Snohomish Cascade Drive, Snohomish, WA 98296)
WHO: Elementary, Middle and High School Girls
COST: $10 per participant
MORE INFO: EverettLacrosseClub.org
IF YOU GO:  Wear athletic clothing. Bring a mouth guard available at most sporting goods stores


Southwest Washington

WHAT: Vancouver Lacrosse Club “Try It” Clinics
WHEN: Sundays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 (12 noon – 2 p.m.)
WHERE: Salmon Creek Indoor Center (110 NW 139th St, Vancouver, WA 98685)
WHO: Elementary School and Middle School Boys and Girls
MORE INFO: VancouverYouthLacrosse.com
IF YOU GO:  Wear athletic clothing. Bring a mouth guard available at most sporting goods stores

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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