BALTIMORE, April 30, 2013 - US Lacrosse is now accepting applications for 2013 physical education lacrosse workshop grants and soft lacrosse equipment grants. Both grant applications can be accessed online at www.uslacrosse.org/PEgrant,
and submitted to US Lacrosse through June 1, 2013.
Soft lacrosse is a co-ed version of lacrosse that utilizes sticks with specially molded-heads and a large, soft ball. This modified equipment is designed for youth to achieve quick success executing the basics skills of lacrosse (cradling, scooping, passing, catching and shooting). No additional protective equipment is required.
The US Lacrosse Soft Lacrosse Equipment Grant provides a set of 30 soft lacrosse sticks, 30 soft lacrosse balls and one (1) copy of the US Lacrosse Physical Education Curriculum Guide to awarded schools and community-based organizations. The teacher-friendly, easy-to-use curriculum guide provides age specific unit plans, lesson plans, drills, games, educational handouts, cross-curricular activities and more. Community-based organizations wishing to utilize the equipment in non-academic environments are also encouraged to apply for this grant.
The US Lacrosse Physical Education Workshop Grant provides in-service training for up to 30 educators in a school district or school system. In addition to the in-service training (3 hours in length), this grant awards a set of soft lacrosse equipment to each school that is represented at the workshop. Participating educators will leave the workshop feeling confident and able to teach students how to play co-ed soft-lacrosse in a fun, age-appropriate, safe manner.
"We're pleased to be able to offer these grant opportunities once again to help school and community groups introduce the game to youth players in a safe and friendly environment," said Meghan Mulford, programs manager at US Lacrosse. "Soft lacrosse is a fun way for all introductory players to learn the game, and will hopefully inspire participants to then seek opportunities to play the traditional version of the game as well."
Last year, US Lacrosse awarded 74 soft lacrosse equipment grants to schools and civic organizations nationwide, in addition to four physical education training workshops. Equipment manufacturer STX serves as a valuable partner in assisting US Lacrosse with this program.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport.