St. Paul, MN, July 15, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Providing high school lacrosse players with the opportunity to build their leadership skills since 2007, Twin Cities nonprofit, Homegrown Lacrosse’ Leadership Development Program (L.D.P.) is entering its sixth year. Sponsored by the Minnesota Lacrosse Association (MLA), more than 250 program volunteers have worked alongside senior staff members at Homegrown Lacrosse’s youth and middle-school camps and development clinics throughout the year.
“The program provides a unique opportunity for future coaches to develop not only their coaching skills but also their leadership skills,” said Jesse Brown [title] at Homegrown Lacrosse. “The L.D.P. staff develops an understanding of the game as well as create lasting relationships with youth lacrosse players.”
First introduced at Homegrown Lacrosse’s summer camp in 2007, the L.D.P. program is an integral component of the organization’s overnight summer camps held in July at the University of St. Thomas. Each L.D.P. volunteer serves as a program counselor responsible for a group of six to 15 youth lacrosse players - serving as both a mentor and a coach.
“Helping out in larger group settings forced me to go outside my comfort zone and having a hundred kids listening to you is definitely something I hadn't experienced before,” said Luke Wetterstrom, 2011 L.D.P. Alumni. “The set-up also gave me a lot of opportunities to work with the kids independently. It put a lot of pressure on me to develop into better leader.”
In addition to facilitating the positive development of the next generation of coaches, the program allows youth lacrosse players the opportunity to meet and build relationships with high school players in their community.
For more information on the Homegrown Lacrosse 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. For more information on Homegrown Lacrosse, please visit www.homegrownlacrosse.org.