Minneapolis, MN, March 19, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Innovative In-School P.E. Program supports the grassroots growth of lacrosse across the state.
During the week of March 15, 2010, Homegrown Lacrosse, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit organization, brought its innovative In-School P.E. Program to more than 500 K-12 students in the northern Minnesota communities of Grand Rapids and Deer River.
Sponsored by Grand Rapids Area Lacrosse Association (GRALA), the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association (MBSLA), the Grand Rapids Jaycees and Ruttgers Sugar Lake Lodge, the week-long program is designed to students to the sport, its history and basic skill sets necessary to play the game.
“The growing interest in lacrosse in the Grand Rapids area by both the players and the community is a significant step in the expansion of the sport in our state,” said Kevin Reed, president, Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association. “Working with organizations such as Homegrown Lacrosse, we’ll continue to introduces and support the growth of the sport into communities across Minnesota.”
The Grand Rapids/Deer River program unit represents the first expansion of Homegrown Lacrosse’s program outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In 2009, with the support of the Minnesota Swarm professional lacrosse team, the nonprofit’s program reached more than 8,500 students primarily in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
“Being able to bring the sport to youth outside of the Twin Cities has been a goal we’ve been working towards for several years,” said Aron Lipkin, executive director and co-founder, Homegrown Lacrosse. “With our program we impart a sense of character, confidence and community to each participant – characteristics that are not restricted by geography. Unlike traditional team sports, lacrosse has a spirituality and simplicity about it that draws out passion from all types of kids including those who have lacked interest.”
Extending beyond the In-School P.E. Program, the Homegrown Lacrosse staff conducted a two session introductory lacrosse clinic on March 15 and 16 in conjunction with Grand Rapids Area Lacrosse Association. Open to boys in grades 5-12 (with or without prior lacrosse experience), the beginner’s clinic drew in 50 youth participants. Additionally, the coaches worked with 20 high school varsity players.
For more information on Homegrown Lacrosse and the In-School P.E. Program visit www.homegrownlacrosse.org.
About Homegrown Lacrosse
Founded in 2003, Homegrown Lacrosse is dedicated to encouraging positive change in the lives of youth lacrosse players and supporting the growth of the sport in Minnesota. Through community-based programming, Homegrown Lacrosse uses lacrosse to provide opportunities for individuals to get involved and cultivate the skills and relationships necessary to succeed on and off the field. Led and staffed by experienced collegiate lacrosse players, Homegrown Lacrosse holds clinics, leagues and K-12 educational programming throughout the year.