US Lacrosse is proud to recognize the Washington Chapter and its members this quarter for their selfless dedication to the growth of the sport. The Washington Chapter of US Lacrosse consists of roughly 9,000 members and reflects a growth of almost 2,000 members from just a year ago. The chapter is led by President Dave Low, and supported by a committed executive board.
The Washington Chapter hosted the Seatown Classic in October 2012, marking the first Division I lacrosse game ever played in the state. Over 3,500 fans attended the event and were able to see the University of Denver win a close game over the University of Maryland. The game was a great opportunity for young players to see the game played at the highest level, and the chapter hopes to host additional Division I teams in the future.
In addition to the game between the Terps and Pioneers, the event also included girls’ and boys’ player clinics, men’s and women’s coaching clinics, and was deemed "US Lacrosse Day" by the Tukwila mayor.
Earlier this year, the chapter hosted a local "convention" with over 120 local coaches attending the event from both the girls and boys ranks. The event included first aid and CPR clinics, athletic training clinics, media and public relations seminars, a sports psychologist session, and a keynote speech by Jack Emmer, the former Army men’s lacrosse coach. These sessions were followed by coaching clinics from top coaches for both games.
• Jen Beck – University of Oregon head women’s coach
• Krista Samaras – University of Richmond interim women’s head coach
• Bill Cherry – head boys coach, Manhasset High School, Manhasset, NY
• Steve Finnell – head boys coach, Garden City High School, Garden City, NY
• Lorne Smith – former Princeton player, professional player and college coach
At the conclusion of the 2012 season, the Washington Chapter hosted the girls and boys state championships. Bellevue High School was crowned the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Division I Champion, and Bainbridge High School won its ninth Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship.
Lastly, the chapter awarded "Athletic Trainer Grants" for the 2012 season. Through a unique partnership with the Seattle Children’s Hospital, the chapter was able to offer several teams the ability to have athletic trainers at their events, when they wouldn’t normally have access to fully qualified trainers. The grant program was able to help provide a safer playing environment for all participants.
For more information about the Washington Chapter of US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/chapterwashington or contact Dave Low at email@example.com.