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BALTIMORE, Nov. 30, 2012 – US Lacrosse is providing sportsmanship grants to 19 chapters and leagues in 12 states in support of its commitment to make lacrosse a positive, character-building experience for all participants. The grants will be utilized for coaches, athletes and parents workshops conducted by USL’s national partner, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
"We’re extremely pleased to once again provide opportunities for our members to access the PCA’s invaluable workshops through these sportsmanship grants," said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development at US Lacrosse. "We’re very proud to partner with the PCA and to work together in developing the most positive lacrosse culture possible for all those involved with the game."
The grants will allow recipient organizations to host up to three live workshops for league or chapter members, or to take part in online workshops hosted by the PCA. Many of the awarded chapters and leagues will be hosting the Double Goal Coach® 1 workshop, "Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons," which is a current requirement of the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program’s Level 1 certification process.
US Lacrosse and PCA share the common vision of equipping all coaches with the training and tools needed to become "Double-Goal Coaches", where goal #1 is striving to win; and goal #2, the more important one, is teaching life lessons via lacrosse. As partners, the two organizations are working to make the youth lacrosse culture one in which every member ‘Honors the Game.’
"We at Positive Coaching Alliance are thrilled that US Lacrosse is helping to bring our Double-Goal Coach training to these chapters and leagues," said Courtney Pollack, director of product management at PCA. "Together, PCA, US Lacrosse and the chapter and league leadership of the grant winners will have a great impact on the youth lacrosse players we ultimately serve."
The 2013 sportsmanship grant recipients are:
Greater Birmingham (Ala.) Youth Lacrosse Association
Los Angeles (Calif.) Lacrosse League
Northern California Lacrosse Foundation
Treasure Valley (Idaho) Youth Lacrosse League
Illinois Chapter of US Lacrosse
Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association
Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse
Maple Grove (Minn.) Lacrosse Association
New Hampshire Lacrosse Foundation
Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Lacrosse Club
Klein (Texas) Lacrosse Club
Frisco (Texas) Lacrosse Association
Keller (Texas) ISD Lacrosse Association
Boy’s Middle School (Virginia) Lacrosse League
Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League
Hampton Road (Va.) Chapter of US Lacrosse
Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation
Milwaukee (Wisc.) Area Youth Lacrosse Association
For more information about the US Lacrosse/Positive Coaching Alliance partnership, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/pca.
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national nonprofit organization committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Founded in 1998 at Stanford University, PCA reaches youth and high school sport leaders, coaches, athletes, parents, and officials through live workshops, online courses, published books and articles, and a series of alliances with nationally-recognized coaches, athletes, academicians, businesses and national youth sports organizations. Learn more at www.positivecoach.org.
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Awards to local organizations will subsidize educational workshops conducted by Positive Coaching Alliance.