US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse, is now accepting 2014 applications for its First Stick Program, designed to deliver comprehensive developmental resources, including equipment, USL membership and coaches training, to awarded teams. The program is geared for new and developing boys’ and girls’ youth (U19 and below) lacrosse teams nationwide.
The US Lacrosse First Stick Program provides for a two-year partnership between the national organization and an awarded team, during which time US Lacrosse will help to develop a self-sustaining youth lacrosse program that operates by USL’s national standards and best practices. One of the program’s primary goals is to help break down the barriers to participation by providing free and discounted resources to new teams.
“The wonderful testimonials from many of our recent First Stick recipients confirms the extraordinary value of these resources in helping to launch new teams,” said Meghan Mulford, programs manager at US Lacrosse. “It’s quite gratifying to know that the comprehensive offering of equipment, membership, coaches’ education and training does indeed help to establish a new program with long-term sustainability.”
US Lacrosse has provided First Stick developmental grants to 225 teams across 38 states over the past two years, with a financial commitment of over $2 million dollars.
Applicants for the First Stick Program must be community-based youth teams or organizations, or an elementary, middle or high school team. A full explanation of program benefits and eligibility requirements can be reviewed at www.uslacrosse.org/FirstStick. Online applications will be accepted through June 15, 2014. US Lacrosse partners with many of the nation’s leading equipment manufacturers and retailers on the First Stick initiative. The generous support of these industry members is a key component in the ongoing success of the First Stick Program.
“The contributions, donations and support that our equipment partners and US Lacrosse members provide are critical factors in helping to make the First Stick Program such a valuable and successful initiative,” said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development at US Lacrosse. “We hope that the continued development of the First Stick Program will provide even greater opportunities to bring these resources to non-traditional and underserved communities.”
The First Stick Program provides teams and leagues with comprehensive resources, ranging from equipment to coaching education. US Lacrosse has awarded 225 grants over the past two years. 2014 applications are now being accepted. For more information or to apply, visit www.uslacrosse.org/FirstStick.
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