Quartermasters: US Lacrosse Committees Herald Safety, Sportsmanship
Health and safety in athletics has been a hot topic throughout the country recently. Prior to its prominent status, there were individuals who recognized health and safety in sports as an important issue to be dealt with proactively and responsibly.
||Angelo Calvello is president of USL's Illinois Chapter and chair of the Men’s Game Safety Subcommittee.
Angelo Calvello is one of many such individuals in the lacrosse world. Calvello is the US Lacrosse Illinois Chapter president and the US Lacrosse Men’s Game Safety Subcommittee chair.
In 2011, the US Lacrosse Men’s and Women’s Game Safety subcommittees developed and implemented a plan to further promote safety and sportsmanship to the members of US Lacrosse and the greater lacrosse community. Although underway since the start of the year, the subcommittees formally launched "Compete with Class – Honor the Game," their 2012 safety and sportsmanship initiative, on Feb. 29. The initiative aims to increase awareness of a different safety- or sportsmanship-related theme every three months to lacrosse players, coaches, officials, parents and fans.
Instrumental to the development and execution of the initiative, Calvello and his committee have dedicated time and spearheaded the effort to get the initiative off the ground. First quarter topics of the initiative include concussion awareness and commotio cordis.
"Angelo is an ambassador of the game, as he not only thinks about what is the best for the game in his area, but also nationally," said Stephen Berger, men’s game manager at US Lacrosse. "He has a true passion for the game and is always looking for ways to promote safety and sportsmanship both on and off the field. His knowledge, energy and excitement are a true pleasure to work with."
Since 2009 with the Illinois Chapter, Calvello has hosted several US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) instructional clinics, US Lacrosse Officials’ Education Program (OEP) clinics, a Fast Break Initiative weekend and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) workshops at minimum or no cost to the Illinois Chapter and surrounding members. A little less than three months into this year, Calvello and his chapter have hosted a Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinic and a free PCA workshop. They welcomed US Lacrosse OEP manager Charlie Obermayer March 5 for an open forum with local coaches and officials to discuss their responsibilities as leaders with regard to sportsmanship, safety and fair play.
"Illinois, similar to many states across the country, is experiencing exponential growth at all levels," Calvello said. "Regardless of location, managing this growth in a prudent way requires an emphasis on safety and sportsmanship. Our goal is to build a culture of respect for all involved. Our approach focuses on providing resources and training for our officials and coaches, so that we can provide the best experience for all stakeholders."
"Having known and worked closely with Angelo since 2009, I know he is passionate about lacrosse," said Lindsay Comodore, US Lacrosse chapters manager. "I met with him recently at our 2012 US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia, where he flew in for less than 24 hours to attend his Men’s Game Safety Subcommittee meeting, then flew home the next day for work. We had a casual conversation about broader topics aside from lacrosse like giving back to community and making time for people you care about. His heart and his efforts are in the right place."
For more information about the 2012 Safety and Sportsmanship Initiative, spearheaded by Calvello and crew, click here for the committees' letter and check out the links below.
• Bankin’ on Berger: Official blog of USL men’s game manager and professional lacrosse player Stephen Berger
• US Lacrosse Health and Safety section
• US Lacrosse Sportsmanship Card