Minneapolis, MN, April 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- For second year, organizations collaborate to increase participation in the sport and enrich the lives of lacrosse players and fans
For a second year, the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm, has partnered with Twin Cities-based nonprofit Homegrown Lacrosse to support the growth of lacrosse in Minnesota.
“The impact that Homegrown Lacrosse has on our community as a whole as well as in Minnesota lacrosse is tremendous,” said Andy Arlotta, owner/vice president of the Minnesota Swarm. “Our support of Homegrown Lacrosse and their programming is a grassroots investment in developing Minnesota’s lacrosse community and growing appreciation for the sport. The two organizations are united in our dedication to growing the sport – one player and one fan at a time.”
In 2009, the Minnesota Swarm provided the nonprofit with a substantial donation along with in-kind support which enabled Homegrown Lacrosse to introduce 8,500 Twin Cities elementary, middle and high school students to lacrosse through its In-School P.E. Program. The week long lacrosse curriculum introduces K-12 students to the sport, its history and basic skill sets necessary to play the game.
This year, the primarily in-kind relationship will focus on continuing implementation of the In-School P.E. Program as well as cross promotion programming and events. Of note, the Minnesota Swarm donated 400 tickets to the nonprofit for use as a part of its fundraising efforts as well as substantial presence at the team’s regular season home games at the Xcel Energy Center.
“The support of the Minnesota Swarm has been critical to the expansion of our In-School P.E. Program during 2009,” said Keith Burke, board of director president, Homegrown Lacrosse. “We are very grateful to Andy (Arlotta) and his entire organization for their continued belief and support as we strive to achieve our mission of empowering youth to realize self-confidence and developing personal character on and off the lacrosse field.”
The connection between the organizations runs deep with Homegrown Lacrosse co-founder Colin Achenbach a professional lacrosse player for the Minnesota Swarm. Additionally, Minnesota Swarm owner and vice president Andy Arlotta serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors and assistant coach Aimee Caines is a regular Homegrown Lacrosse programming staff member.
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 www.homegrownlacrosse.org.