BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse has selected Jessica Livingston of Scottsdale, Arizona as the winner of the 2010 Excellence in Growing the Game award. This award is for an individual who supports the US Lacrosse mission and vision, working effectively and tirelessly to develop lacrosse in a particular geographic area.
Livingston boasts a lengthy list of accomplishments and honors in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and Northern Arizona lacrosse communities. Since 2002, she has held the head coach position of the two-time state champions, Chaparral Varsity Girls Lacrosse Club. She served as an umpire to the Arizona Girl’s Lacrosse Association (AGLA), a high school level league, from 2002 to 2004.
In 2004, she founded and still manages AZ Girls Lacrosse, LLC, a league for girls in grades K-9. To date, more than 1,000 girls have participated in the program. In addition to starting a program for the youth in 2004, she also founded and continues to play for the only women’s post-collegiate team in Arizona, the Arizona Storm.
She has received other formal recognition, including the Women’s Sports Association Community Leader of the Year Award for 2006-2007 and the YWCA Tribute to Women Sports Leader Award in 2007. From 2004 to 2008, she was on the Executive Committee of the AZGL. From 2008 to 2010 she was on the Arizona Chapter US Lacrosse Board of Directors and the US Lacrosse Board of Directors.
Additionally, she ran free clinics for girls; made presentations to many schools and organizations demonstrating lacrosse; and partook in Sports Explosion, the Governor’s Sports Clinic, Native Vision and Gamebreaker Camp. Livingston has helped coordinate local events surrounding the 2009 and 2010 US Lacrosse Women’s Division Intercollegiate Association Championships in Scottsdale. She also played an active role in the Youth Sports Summit and the City of Scottsdale’s Youth Sports Task Force.
"Knowing and working with Jessica reminds us why we do what we do at US Lacrosse," said Mary Cate Slay, US Lacrosse manager of youth development. "She embodies the spirit, honor and growth of this game for young women and is a natural leader for all who are lucky enough to work directly or indirectly with her. She has volunteered countless hours at the local and national levels and we are proud to add her name to the past decade of Youth Award recipients."
"I am continually amazed at her enthusiasm and commitment to growing the sport in Arizona," said Marie Baca, US Lacrosse Arizona chapter president. "While Jessica’s love and commitment to the game is evidenced on paper, nothing beats seeing the amazing interaction she has with players, parents and fellow lacrosse coaches."
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