US Lacrosse today announced that 102 teams nationwide, including the Lakeside Lacrosse Club have been awarded development grants through the 2012 First Stick Program.
This national USL initiative is designed to deliver comprehensive resources, 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.
First Stick Program grant recipients now begin 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.
"We’re excited that teams from all over the country, including some areas where lacrosse is just beginning to appear, are among this group of award recipients," said Morgan Cook, USL’s First Stick Program Manager. "We look forward to getting to know each of these new teams and partnering in their development over the next two years."
"We congratulate each of these recipients because there was a very rigorous application and selection process for the program," said Billy Hook, USL’s Director of Programs. "The benefits of this program are all encompassing and provide all the tools necessary to help new teams become truly self-sustaining."
The Lakeside Lacrosse Club is open to Lakeside High School students and other Dekalb County High School students grades 8-12 whose schools do not have Lacrosse programs. We encourage and welcome all players, regardless of skill level. For more information on the Lakeside program, please contact Michael Kreager at Michael_Kreager@dell.com or refer to the website at http://lakesidelax.com/