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BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse is providing sportsmanship grants to 34 lacrosse organizations in 12 states in support of its commitment to make lacrosse a positive, character-building experience for all participants. The grants, with a total value of over $50,000, will be used to subsidize educational workshops for athletes, parents and administrators 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 grants,” said Joshua Christian, senior director of sport development at US Lacrosse. “We’re 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 its members, or to take part in online workshops hosted by the PCA. Many of the awarded organizations will host one of the Second-Goal Parent workshops, or the Triple-Impact Competitor workshop developed for teenage athletes. A leadership workshop is also available for league directors.
In addition, 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 work collaboratively through the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program 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 workshop 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 2014 sportsmanship grant recipients are:
- Folsom (Calif.) Lacrosse Association
- Gold Country Lacrosse -- Grass Valley, Calif.
- Tribe Lacrosse – Pasadena, Calif.
- Colorado Chapter of US Lacrosse
- Fishhawk Coyotes – Lithia, Fla.
- Newsome High School – Lithia, Fla.
- Steinbrenner High School – Lutz, Fla.
- Freedom High School – Tampa, Fla.
- Henry B. Plant High School -- Tampa, Fla.
- Tampa Bay Tech High School – Tampa, Fla.
- North Paulding Lacrosse – Acworth, Ga.
- Bloomington (Minn.) Youth Lacrosse Association
- Hutchinson (Minn.) Lacrosse Association
- Minneapolis (Minn.) Area Youth Lacrosse
- Minnetonka (Minn.) Lacrosse Association
- St. Louis Park (Minn.) Lacrosse Association
- Wayzata (Minn.) Lacrosse Association
- New Hampshire Lacrosse Foundation – Amherst, N.H.
- Hudson (Ohio) Youth Lacrosse
- Pickerington (Ohio) Youth Athletic Association
- Southern Ohio Chapter of US Lacrosse
- Meadville (Pa.) Lacrosse
- York County (Pa.) Lacrosse Association
- Coppell (Texas) Lacrosse Association
- Greater Houston Chapter of US Lacrosse
- Clear Lake Lacrosse Organization – Houston, Texas
- Hampton Roads Lacrosse League -- Virginia Beach, Va.
- Annandale (Va.) Youth Lacrosse
- Charlottesville (Va.) Chapter of US Lacrosse
- Great Falls (Va.) Lacrosse Association
- Vienna (Va.) Youth Lacrosse Inc.
- Magnolia United Lacrosse Association – Seattle, Wash.
- Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association – Seattle, Wash.
- Milwaukee (Wisc.) Area Youth Lacrosse
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.