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BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse announced today that the organization has awarded $37,000 in new grants to support the local lacrosse development efforts of 27 regional chapters. These awards, made through the Chapter Grant program, will be utilized for various local activities, ranging from coaching education clinics to youth participation events. Each chapter submitted its grant request based on locally-identified initiatives and priorities.
“US Lacrosse appreciates the tireless efforts of our local chapter volunteers who are dedicated to helping support the growth of the game,” said Steve Kirr, director of regional development at US Lacrosse. “Hopefully, these chapter grants provide enough assistance to make local initiatives a reality and help share the mission and vision of US Lacrosse in these areas.”
US Lacrosse has 64 chapters nationwide that help deliver many of the programs and services offered by the organization. Each chapter has a leadership board that works in conjunction with the national office to identify local priorities and organize chapter and regional initiatives.
In alphabetical order, the US Lacrosse chapters receiving grants and a brief description of the use of the grant:
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPIThe chapter received two grants, with one targeted to support the chapter’s 2013 Hall of Fame event, and the second to be used for a US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 2 clinic.
ARIZONAThe chapter received two grants in support of local outreach efforts. The first grant will help subsidize a two-day “Grow the Game” event, aimed at attracting new coaches and volunteers. The second grant will offset the cost of a promotional tent and flags to be used by chapter representatives at on-site events.
ARKANSASThe chapter will use funding to defray costs of hosting a US Lacrosse physical education workshop.
COLORADOThe chapter received three grants, with funds to be to host two Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) sessions during the Rocky Mountain Regional Convention and to offset general convention expenses; and to produce a chapter brochure to use for promotional purposes.
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTSFunding will be used by the chapter to support the Cape Ann Adaptive Lacrosse Program which introduces the game to physically and mentally handicapped youth.
GREAT PLAINSThe chapter will host an educational lacrosse weekend for coaches and parents to include Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics as well as PCA clinic and safety training (CPR & First Aid).
GREATER LOS ANGELESThe chapter will host three CEP clinics and will use grant dollars to subsidize costs.
GREATER ROCHESTERFunding will be used to recruit and train new women’s game officials in the area.
IDAHOThe chapter will use grant funding to provide lacrosse education to coaches, parents and officials in the eastern portion of the state.
ILLINOISThe chapter will host a Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics.
MONTANAThe chapter was awarded three grants which will be used to establish an officials training program; to produce resource kits for use at jamboree youth events; and to purchase equipment to utilize in a loaner program for new teams.
NEW HAMPSHIREThe chapter received two grants which will be used for officials’ training as well as education sessions for coaches.
NEW JERSEY NORTHThe chapter will use grant dollars to subsidize the cost of background checks for boys’ officials.
NORTH COAST OHIOThe chapter received three grants which will be used for two Level 1 CEP clinics; and to offset expenses for its annual players’ clinics.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIAThe chapter received two grants to be used for hosting Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics, and to offset local expenses associated with the US Lacrosse Western Regional Championship.
ORANGE COUNTYThe chapter received two grants to be used to help run a Fall Ball event for high school girls’ teams and to host a series of youth player clinics during the fall.
OREGONThe chapter will use funds for its collaboration with the Oregon Native Youth Initiative to introduce lacrosse to native youth communities.
PHILADELPHIAThe chapter is planning to host clinics for coaches, officials and players in underserved areas.
PITTSBURGHFunding will be used to establish a U15 program for underrepresented communities and to provide training for new officials.
POTOMACThe chapter will be hosting clinics for new high school players and coaches.
RHODE ISLANDThe chapter will launch a leadership campaign to recruit new volunteers for the chapter board.
SAN DIEGOThe chapter will use the funds to support start-up programs, including expenses in finding coaches and securing parent and school support.
ST. LOUISThe chapter received two grants to be used to offset expenses for boys’ and girls’ high school all-star games, and to help fund a three-day ‘Bridging the Gap’ event aimed at building the relationship with the local Native American lacrosse community.
VERMONTThe chapter will host CEP and PCA clinics in addition to its annual recognition dinner.
WASHINGTONThe chapter was awarded two grants, which will be used to offset expenses for its annual Hall of Fame event as well as costs associated with the Seatown Classic.
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTSThe chapter will host a Level 1 CEP clinic.
WISCONSINThe chapter received two grants to be used to host a preseason jamboree event as well as Level 1 and Level 2 CEP clinics.
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