Daily Archives: January 29, 2009

Bay Area Lax Brings Summer Lacrosse Leagues, Private Conditioning Lessons, Private Clinics and Small Group Lacrosse Clinics To Palo Alto And Sunnyvale, CA Areas


bayarealaxpetecarolankevincarter“The ability to share my lacrosse experience with the youth players has been a blast,” said Carter. “We had the unique pleasure of starting something that we cared about from scratch.”

Bay Area Lax is one of the premier youth lacrosse clinics in the area. It provides a wide array of services that include summer lacrosse leagues, private conditioning lessons, private clinics and small group clinics.

“Creating Bay Area Lax was a great experience,” said Carter. “It really showed us how far a little bit of interest and passion can take an idea.”

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Santa Clara alumnus Pete Carolan ’08 and senior Kevin Carter love to play lacrosse. Now, using their business education and lacrosse experience, they have created a company to spread that love to youth all over the Bay Area.

Bay Area Lax is one of the premier youth lacrosse clinics in the area. It provides a wide array of services that include summer lacrosse leagues, private conditioning lessons, private clinics and small group clinics.

Carolan is the founder and director and Carter is the planning and training coordinator of Bay Area Lax.

Carter, with his experience on a top-ten Division III lacrosse team at Stevens Institute of Technology, heads the clinics. He played for SIT during his sophomore year before transferring to Santa Clara. Bay Area Lax’s clinics have generated $4,500 in revenue.

“It is great to be able to apply our business knowledge and build something that incorporates a real passion of mine,” said Carter.

The idea for Bay Area Lax first sprouted up when Carolan, who was coaching the girls’ varsity team at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, realized that there were no girls’ summer lacrosse leagues in California like there are in his home state of New Jersey.

“I realized that there was no real infrastructure for women’s training,” said Carolan. “The boys had some, but there is still a very large and growing demand. We learned in our business classes that good businesses solved a problem and filled a demand,” he said.

Last summer, Carolan and Carter opened up a summer league for girls with 92 participants made up of high school students from the Bay Area. This league brought in over $14,000 in revenue.

The two-month summer league featured 12-on-12 teams with Jenn Babaie and Kayla Ushman, two Santa Clara lacrosse players, acting as coaches.

Carolan and Carter also ran a clinic for boys, albeit much smaller. It consisted of two sessions with eight players each, thus enabling much more one-on-one instruction.

The two finance majors attributed a big part of their success to their Santa Clara education.

“Pete and I decided to take some of the key lessons that we have learned in our business classes and give them real-world application,” said Carter.

“Believe it or not, knowing how to do a SWOT analysis and how to analyze a particular market appropriately proved incredibly invaluable,” he said.

During his sophomore year, Carter and a friend from the University of Pennsylvania created Catalyst, a company that provided youth athletic camps in his hometown of Seattle for sixth to twelfth graders in sports like lacrosse, soccer and basketball.

When Carter discovered what Carolan was working on with the lacrosse league, he jumped in to be a part of it.

“I started Catalyst back in Seattle from scratch, then piggy-backed on what Pete was doing, and we got bayarealax.com going,” said Carter.

Despite the success Carolan and Carter have attained so far, lots of hurdles still remain.

“The biggest challenge is getting the name out there and finding the best way to market to a specific niche crowd within a specific sport,” said Carolan.

“Another challenge was and still remains field availability, especially in the Sunnyvale to Palo Alto areas,” he said.

Thanks in part to their competitive natures, Carolan and Carter are confident that they will achieve their goals and have continued success.

“For the summer of 2009, the girls’ league will continue with a goal of 120 participating girls,” said Carolan. “The small private clinics will also continue, but be expanded to four sessions rather than two. Talk of a one-week evening clinic for high school boys is also in the works.”

For the pair, the league has been an amazing experience and an opportunity to combine their love of business and sports.

“The ability to share my lacrosse experience with the youth players has been a blast,” said Carter. “We had the unique pleasure of starting something that we cared about from scratch.”

With lacrosse being the fastest-growing sport at the youth, high school and collegiate levels, they plan to stay in the business for at least a few more years and take this experience with them to any future endeavors.

“Creating Bay Area Lax was a great experience,” said Carter. “It really showed us how far a little bit of interest and passion can take an idea.”

Find more information about Bay Area Lax at the company’s Web site, bayarealax.com.

 

“Wednesday’s Child” Filmed With University Of Denver’s Men’s Lacrosse Staff


“Wednesday’s Child” is a program, sponsored by CBS Channel 4 that allows young wednesdaychilddenverlacrossepeople, who are registered with the “Adoption Exchange” (a non-profit agency), an opportunity to express themselves to a potential adoptive family, while performing an act which they find true to their heart.

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse coaching staff, along with Colorado Mammoth players Nenad Gajic and Andrew Porter, teamed up with Denver’s CBS4 for this week’s taping of Wednesday’s Child. Filming took place last Wednesday at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium and aired this afternoon, featuring 11-year old Dillon, an aspiring lacrosse athlete.

Upon arriving to the DU campus, Dillon was greeted by Denver head coach Jamie Munro, associate head coach Jon Torpey, assistant coach Matt Brown and the president of the Denver Lacrosse Club, Rob Gormley. After brief introductions, Dillon was taken onto the field and shown lacrosse techniques, such as passing while traveling up and down the field and shooting on goal, by Gajic and Porter.

After completing his lesson, Dillon was presented with the necessary lacrosse gear needed to play from Phil McCarthy of Break Away Sports.

Once taping was completed, the Denver coaching staff took Dillon on a tour of the men’s lacrosse locker room and training facilities.

“Wednesday’s Child” is a program, sponsored by CBS Channel 4 that allows young people, who are registered with the “Adoption Exchange” (a non-profit agency), an opportunity to express themselves to a potential adoptive family, while performing an act which they find true to their heart.

For more information about “Wednesday’s Child” or to watch past videos, visit

http://www.denverpioneers.com/

 

www.cbs4denver.com

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