BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse has announced 27 recipients for the 2010 US Lacrosse Chapter Grants. The US Lacrosse Chapter Grant Program provides chapters with additional funding to assist in fulfilling the chapters’ needs and ultimately growing the sport of lacrosse in the chapters’ regions. Grants are awarded based on the number of applications submitted and the proposed use of the grants by the applying chapter. This year, US Lacrosse awarded a combined total of $45,000 to 26 different chapters.
The following chapter grant winners will use their award for the following programs:
Arizona – This chapter will support and host 15 free events during Fast Break Initiative "Super Weekend". Events include: the Friday night keynote speech by Coach Don Zimmerman, head men’s lacrosse coach at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), a US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 1 coaching clinic, U.S. men’s national team player clinic, Arizona Lacrosse Officials Association (ALOA) training, Arizona Women’s Lacrosse Umpires Association (AWLUA) training, Arizona State University (ASU) team player clinic and nine educational breakout sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Colorado – This chapter was awarded three grants. The first grant will be used to encourage coaches from around the state to attend a US Lacrosse Level 1 or Level 2 coaching education program (CEP) clinic in Denver by paying for hotel accommodations for any coach that lives more than 60 miles away from the clinic location. The second grant will be used to subsidize the cost for Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinic attendees. The third grant will be used to supplement the ticket price for the Colorado Hall of Fame dinner for inductees, the keynote speaker and previous inductees as well as for commemorative photo books for the inductees.
Connecticut – This chapter will use the grant to help fund education and training initiatives for coaches and officials through US Lacrosse programs and services.
Great Plains – This chapter received two grants. The first grant will help honor individuals who have contributed to the game in the Great Plains area by hosting a hall of fame banquet. The second grant will assist the Little Rock Lacrosse Club with introducing the sport of lacrosse to the community by focusing on the city’s youth. The chapter is looking to continue its past efforts with Sunday afternoon clinics for boys and girls in grades K-12; a fundraiser event called "Lacrosse for Leukemia" at War Memorial Stadium; a Level 1 CEP clinic; and visits to several local schools to offer an after-school "introduction to lacrosse" seminar at little to no cost to the students.
Greater Los Angeles – This chapter was awarded two grants. The first grant awarded is for its Youth Development Program. The chapter developed a handbook to assist with growing the game at the youth level. The youth program will strongly improve the natural progression of lacrosse development from the elementary level through high school. The second grant awarded will be used to subsidize the cost of a keynote speaker for the California Lacrosse Convention.
Hampton Roads – This chapter was awarded a grant to host a US Lacrosse CEP clinic. This will help to subsidize the cost for the CEP clinic registration fees, first aid training for coaches, an on-site Positive Coaching Alliance course and leadership training for high school team captains.
Houston – This chapter will use the grant to purchase girls’ sticks and goggles for introductory clinics and a Physical Education (PE) Loaner Program. These clinics are designed to recruit new players at the youth and middle school level.
Illinois – This chapter was awarded a grant to provide funding for the chapter’s own "chapter grant program." The chapter would like to support the programs that grow the game in underprivileged and underserved areas.
Kentucky – This chapter will host a US Lacrosse PE Curriculum training clinic for elementary school PE teachers. The chapter is aiming to integrate the sport into more schools at the youth level.
Maine – This chapter was awarded a grant to help neutralize the chapter’s budget for its inaugural team at the US Lacrosse 2010 Women’s Division National Tournament (WDNT).
Michigan – This chapter was awarded a grant to offset ticket costs for US Lacrosse members to attend the second annual Michigan Chapter Hall of Fame Banquet.
New Hampshire – This chapter will use the grant to host Level 1 CEP clinics in the chapter area.
North Carolina – This chapter will use the grant to assist with the speakers’ compensation and facility expenses supporting the eighth annual North Carolina Coaching Clinic.
North Coast Ohio – This chapter will host a US Lacrosse Level 2 CEP clinic and will use the grant to assist the chapter with related expenses.
Northern California – This chapter will use the grant to reduce the costs for participants attending the Northern California Lacrosse Convention.
Orange County – This chapter was awarded a grant to help support the chapter’s efforts to send well-rounded teams to the US Lacrosse WDNT, U11 Lax Fest, U13 Lax Fest, U15 Lax Fest and the U15 National Championships. Additionally, this will help subsidize the cost of hosting US Lacrosse Level 1 CEP clinics within the chapter area.
Philadelphia – This chapter was awarded a grant to promote the growth of lacrosse in the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association’s inner city programs.
Potomac – This chapter will host US Lacrosse Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics and will use the grant to assist the chapter with related expenses.
Richmond – This chapter was awarded three grants. The first grant awarded is to offset the costs associated with their annual High School All-Star Game and Sportsmanship Awards. The second grant is to enable the chapter to provide scholarships and a subsidy to US Lacrosse members who attend the Level 2 CEP clinic. The third grant was awarded to initiate a program for wheelchair lacrosse athletes in the greater Richmond area.
San Diego – This chapter was awarded a grant to enable the chapter to send teams to the US Lacrosse WDNT, U11 Lax Fest, U13 Lax Fest, U15 Lax Fest and the U15 National Championships.
Southwest Virginia – This chapter will establish new boy and girl varsity lacrosse programs at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Va.
Utah – This chapter will use the awarded grant to host a Level 2 CEP clinic.
Vermont – This chapter will use the grant to support the ongoing activities of the Vermont Chapter, including the chapter equipment grant program and underwriting the annual recognition dinner.
Washington – This chapter was awarded a grant to help equalize the costs associated with hosting the chapter’s Hall of Fame Banquet. This year, they will induct their third class.
Western Maryland –This chapter will use the grant to assist with rolling out the US Lacrosse PE Curriculum through Washington and Frederick County middle schools.
Wisconsin – This chapter was awarded a grant to purchase US Lacrosse PE materials and equipment for the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association Convention.
More information on these and other US Lacrosse chapters can be found at http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav/Chapters/USLacrosseChapters.aspx.
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