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19 Reasons to Support the First Stick Program on Giving Tuesday

December 3, 2013    14650 Views

Lane Errington | @lane_errington

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Giving Tuesday is here, and we’re off to a great start! Thanks to your generous gifts, the US Lacrosse Foundation has already raised $8,730 today toward our goal of $20,600 for two new First Stick Program grants!

Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the start of the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday kicks off the end-of-year giving season. Every dollar counts toward giving kids life-changing opportunities through lacrosse. Your donations go directly toward sticks in new players’ hands for one boys and one girls program in new lacrosse communities.

The First Stick Program changes lives through lacrosse. Take a look at this flipbook of testimonials, or scroll to read about the program’s impact from 19 players, parents and coaches. Donate here, and share your support on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #GivingTuesday and tagging @USLacrosse.

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First Stick Success Stories

“This past year thanks to you has completely re-directed my life. It helped me to finally select and apply to my college. Thank you for everything.”

Tyler Hooper, player, Norco High School, Norco, Calif.

“I have several players on our team whose lives were drastically changed for good because of lacrosse. One player, it literally saved his life. I wish you could have seen the excitement, spirit, and passion these boys (34 of them) displayed the entire year. They sleep with their sticks! Thank you for making this happen.”

Sherry Sanchez, team manager, Norco High School, Norco, Calif.

“Oh my, you guys are amazing! I want to thank you for the equipment you provided our team with. Without your generous gift, I would not have had the opportunity to be part of the most life changing sport in the world! You gave me the nudge I needed to decide to continue laxing every day! My coach came back from the clinics more experienced in lacrosse than I, and I sincerely cannot thank you enough!”

Aleena McCoy, player, Rockledge High School, Rockledge, Fla.

“Your generous donations meant the world to my team and me. Without your donations I would not have had this great opportunity. I now have a dream of becoming a college goalie because of you guys. Thank you so much for everything. You also helped my amazing coach!”

Zoey Guignardi, player, Rockledge High School, Rockledge, Fla.

“Thank you for your very generous donation that enabled West Ashley H.S. to bring lacrosse to many young women who would otherwise have been left out. These girls have enjoyed learning a new sport and making new connections and friends. Just know that your gift changed lives.”

Ridgely Britton, coach, West Ashley High School, Hollywood, S.C.

“Thank you for your donation to the First Stick Program! The benefits we received have spring-boarded our program. It is great seeing 45 of our community kids playing lacrosse. Because of you donation lacrosse will be part of our community for a long time.”

Glen Mercier, coach, Patriot Lacrosse Club, New Gloucester, Maine

“On behalf of both the boys and girls lacrosse teams at Hermitage High School, I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the opportunities the First Stick grant has provided these young men and women. Without your generosity and commitment to the growth of this noble sport, Hermitage High School would never have fostered and grown our program. I am pleased to share that our club team will reach VARSITY status in the spring of 2014 with inclusion in the VAHS League at Hermitage.”

Jen Boyer, administrator, Hermitage High School, Henrico, Va.

“Thank you for enabling us to have a lacrosse team! You are a stellar organization! Continue spreading the lacrosse gospel.”

Bly Family, player, Hermitage High School, Henrico, Va.

“Thank you for being one of the best organizations I’m a part of. Thank you for helping me to find a sport that I love. Thank you for making me a more confident person in and out of games. Through lacrosse, I’ve learned the importance of teamwork, the payoff of hard work, and the pure satisfaction and happiness of playing lacrosse. Thank you.”

Velisa Li, player, Freedom Lacrosse, Easton, Pa.

“Thank you for your gift to Freedom Lacrosse! Lacrosse means a lot to myself, it became a goal of mine to get in shape to play this sport and lost over 50 lbs to have the opportunity. Thanks for giving me this possibility and turning it into a reality!”

Joseph Dang, player, Freedom Lacrosse, Easton, Pa.

“Thanks so much for everything you’ve done for US Lacrosse! Thanks to your support my local club has gained many things. I then benefitted from this and have been offered to play lacrosse in college at Millersville University! Thanks so much for all that you do!”

Macey Walker, player, Freedom Lacrosse, Easton, Pa.

“This gear was such a blessing to our community. We were lucky enough to have some parents that could afford their own gear so we could even let U15 players use this gear that otherwise would not have played. This gear will be put to such good use to help grow the game in Emmett, ID from top to bottom. I personally thank you so much.”

Cory Lemming, coach, Emmett Lacrosse, Emmett, Idaho

“We had fun this year. We learned how to play lacrosse. We learned sportsmanship. Thank you for your gifts. My brothers would not have been on a team without your donations. I hope God continues to bless you.”

Taylor, Jalen and Kalen Prince, players, Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, St. Louis, Mo.

“My family would like to take this time to say thank you and may God richly bless all of you. We have 5 children and 3 boys (13, 11, 8 years old) were sooo blessed to be a part of the Matthews-Dickey Lacrosse team from March to May. Our twin girls age 6 also enjoyed practicing with the girl’s team. Our boys love the sport soooo much. We appreciate the equipment that you provided. You are a blessing to our family.”

Grimes family, parents, Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, St. Louis, Mo.

“Thank you for affording our children this opportunity. The equipment provided much! We were blessed with amazing coaches that possess a great appreciation for the game. We are looking forward to another great season next year!”

Minner family, parents, Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, St. Louis, Mo.

“Thank you for the sweet helmets and gear. I think about you every time I get hit.”

Nik Botaletto, player, Millard North Lacrosse, Omaha, Neb.

“Thanks to you we lax it up every day with the new equipment we were able to get with your generous grant. Our team is forever grateful. Thank you!”

Brad Leach, player, Millard North Lacrosse, Omaha, Neb.

“Thank you so much for helping our Dundee Crown Lacrosse Club! We appreciate the memberships, equipment, convention training, AED unit and monthly magazines. Without this help there are a number of kids that wouldn’t have been able to play this year. Thank you, US Lacrosse and all the donors that made this possible.”

Lauren, player, Champaign County Lacrosse, Mahomet, Ill.

“Thank you sooo much for the lacrosse equipment! We could never have started a team without your generous donation. In lacrosse I have met so many new people and made so many new friends. Lacrosse has made me more confident and inspired me to be healthier.”

Hannah, player, Champaign County Lacrosse, Mahomet, Ill.

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Your gift to the First Stick Program on Giving Tuesday will go directly toward providing kids with their first lacrosse stick and planting seeds of growth in new lacrosse communities this holiday season.

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