Lavin Lacrosse’s “Gear Up to Give Back” Program Brought Community Together in Support of Homegrown Lacrosse’s In-School P.E. Program

Twin Cities-based nonprofit, Homegrown Lacrosse has received a donation of $1,500 from Lavin Lacrosse, a specialty sporting goods store in Rosemount Minn.

Minneapolis, MN, April 09, 2010 --( Donation of $1,500 will support expansion of the introduction of lacrosse youth across the state

Twin Cities-based nonprofit, Homegrown Lacrosse ( has received a donation of $1,500 from Lavin Lacrosse (, a specialty sporting goods store in Rosemount Minn.

The result of Lavin Lacrosse’s inaugural “Gear Up to Give Back” program which set aside five percent of in-store sales during February and March, the donation will support expansion of the nonprofit’s innovative In-School P.E. Program.

"Lacrosse brings individuals together to create a community,” said Jesse Schelitzche, owner Lavin Lacrosse. “Homegrown Lacrosse is at the center of the Minnesota lacrosse community and I’m proud to be able to bring my customers together in support of this organization and its mission. Through its In-School P.E. Program, Homegrown Lacrosse is introducing the sport to youth across the state and awakening opportunities for students to build confidence and instill a sense of community.”

Led by Homegrown Lacrosse staff members and former collegiate players, the in-school P.E. lacrosse units are designed to introduce K-12 students to the sport, its history and basic skill sets necessary to play the game. 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. In early March, Homegrown Lacrosse introduced more than 500 K-12 students in the northern Minnesota communities of Grand Rapids and Deer River to the sport of lacrosse through its In-School P.E. Program.

“We love the sport of lacrosse and being able to share the sport with youth across Minnesota is a dream, and a great joy to see more kids get a chance to play lacrosse,” said Colin Achenbach, program director and co-founder, Homegrown Lacrosse. “Our relationship with Jesse and the staff at Lavin Lacrosse goes beyond just a love of the sport, they share our belief that lacrosse can create and make dreams come true.”

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. For more information on Homegrown Lacrosse and the In-School P.E. Program visit

Homegrown Lacrosse
Aron Lipkin
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