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Inner City Lacrosse: Encore Brand Lacrosse And Johnny Christmas Hosted Free Lacrosse Clinic For The Brooklyn Crescents Club (Video)


Johnny Christmas and Encore Brand Lacrosse travel to Brooklyn to host a free lacrosse clinic for the Brooklyn Crescents in conjunction with the esteemed Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.  The collaboration was a success, showcasing the sport to an entire crowd, Spike Lee and world renown hip hop artist.  ENCORE BRANDs mission continue
ACTION IS CHARACTER

The Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club is a fully volunteer run, 501(C) (3) non profit organization.  The Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club is the leading youth lacrosse organization in NYC. Our club teaches boys and girls grades PreK-8 the fundamental/advanced skills and values of lacrosse (e.g., commitment, teamwork, integrity, passion, community pride). We build young men and women of character through lacrosse.  Our program’s foundation is built on beginner clinics for the spectrum of our age groups. These clinics feed the different competitive team levels that play other lacrosse organizations throughout the Tri-State area.  Over 150 lacrosse players have graduated our program, since our beginning in 2006. Our graduates play at local high schools, a number of boarding schools and several are playing in college. The Crescents’ coaching staff is experienced and professionally trained, focused on developing the best in all players. http://www.brooklyncrescents.com/

The Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club is a fully volunteer run, 501(C) (3) non profit organization. The Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club is the leading youth lacrosse organization in NYC. Our club teaches boys and girls grades PreK-8 the fundamental/advanced skills and values of lacrosse (e.g., commitment, teamwork, integrity, passion, community pride). We build young men and women of character through lacrosse.
Our program’s foundation is built on beginner clinics for the spectrum of our age groups. These clinics feed the different competitive team levels that play other lacrosse organizations throughout the Tri-State area. Over 150 lacrosse players have graduated our program, since our beginning in 2006. Our graduates play at local high schools, a number of boarding schools and several are playing in college. The Crescents’ coaching staff is experienced and professionally trained, focused on developing the best in all players.
http://www.brooklyncrescents.com/

Inner City Lacrosse: “Brooklyn Lacrosse” Is A Two-Year Old Non-Profit Group Utilizing Top Former College, Professional Players To Coach Over 450 Girls And Boys, Ages 5 To 15, In New York City Area


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Our Mission is to bring the sport of Lacrosse to the youth of Brooklyn, emphasizing Fundamentals, Teamwork, Respect and Brooklyn. The essence of our organization is the belief that Lacrosse should be made accessible to all children, despite the various barriers of entry that exist in urban areas; such as cost, perception, and logistics.
Through community initiatives and outreach we strive to open up endless opportunities for the youth in Brooklyn through the sport of Lacrosse
We are the only Lacrosse Organization in Brooklyn whose coaches were National Champions (Div 1 and 2), Hall of Famers and Professional League Players.
Our program is open to boys and girls from Pre-K through 8th grade.
http://www.brooklynlacrosse.org/

“…(Brooklyn Lacrosse) began with a free summer clinic in Prospect Park in 2012…Joe Nocella, 43, a former architect and lacrosse player at City College who now runs a bike shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn, started with 30 boys and predicts that 450 girls and boys will play this spring, the traditional lacrosse season. The practice sessions at Brooklyn Lacrosse, for ages 5 to 15, cost $99 for the season; they started on Sept. 8 and are to run through November. In the spring, teams will play tournaments…”

By LIZ ROBBINS

By LIZ ROBBINS

But across New York City, the image of lacrosse is shifting. Nonprofit groups have been attracting a racially and economically diverse population to play a sport, created by Native Americans, that has long been associated with elite prep schools and colleges.

Fall is the sport’s traditional off-season, but last Sunday, Joshua and Jordyn, 6, joined 300 other children on a turf field at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5, for practice with Brooklyn Lacrosse.

US Lacrosse First Stick GrantThe club is a two-year-old nonprofit group offering instruction at a reduced cost. It broke off from the Brooklyn Crescents, the borough’s longest running club, which has been playing since 2006 at Poly Prep Country Day School, in Bay Ridge. The Crescents, still thriving, enrolled 250 players this fall.

Mat Levine, 61, known as lacrosse’s godfather in New York City, started his club, Doc’s NYC Lacrosse, in 1996, when his children were playing. Since then he has expanded the club from Manhattan to the Bronx and Queens. Mr. Levine, who grew up on Long Island and played lacrosse at Williams College, also founded a nonprofit group, CityLax, eight years ago to introduce the sport to high schools in underserved neighborhoods.

Participation in lacrosse in city high schools has nearly doubled since 2009, mostly because of girls’ teams, said Eric Goldstein, the chief executive of school support services for the Education Department (who played in the city’s first public program, at Jamaica High School in 1985). In the last school year, 1,169 public school students played varsity or junior varsity lacrosse, up from 679 in 2009. In the same period, girls’ varsity programs grew to 21, from 10; only girls’ wrestling is growing faster.

For more:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/nyregion/adding-diversity-to-lacrosse-in-new-york-city.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Inner City Lacrosse: “Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership” Launches Girls Program; Over $5.2 Million In Academic Scholarships For Boys Program Student-Athletes In Last 3 Years (Video)


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Support HLL’s girls program at Truth through our Indiegogo Campaign! Beginning September 16th, our latest crowdfunding venture will feature fun perks and regular updates on the progress of the girls in their first season — email info@harlemlacrosse.org to get involved!

Lacrosse Scholarships: “Harlem Lacrosse And Leadership” (HLL) Players Have Received 11 Lacrosse Scholarships To Boarding Schools


“…So far, 11 young lacrosse players trained through the program have received scholarships to boarding schools, according to the group. Other students from Harlem have flourished at a sport that is typically a prep-school province, traveling to and winning at top tournaments.”

Harlem’s youth lacrosse scene was virtually nonexistent just a few years ago. Now some local stars are securing scholarships to tony boarding schools, where the sport is a major force.

Daniel and David Mark had never held lacrosse sticks until two years ago. But the rookies became fixated after they received equipment at Frederick Douglass Academy, a public school near West 148th Street.

The lacrosse stick became “an extension of their arm,” their mother, Marcia Mark, said. “They walked down the street with it. They turned the TV off with it.”

Devotion to a new sport led to full scholarships at private boarding schools: Daniel, now 14 years old, is at the George School in Pennsylvania, and his 12-year-old brother David is at the Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts.

For Marlik Toure, 17, lacrosse dramatically changed his life. After his mother died seven years ago, he was arrested for stealing a bike and missed enough time at middle school to become ineligible for sports.

“I don’t know where I’d be without it,” said Mr. Toure, now a scholarship student at New Jersey’s Peddie School. “It wouldn’t be here.”

The three youths are among more than 100 students who have been introduced to the sport over the past five years with the help of Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership. The nonprofit organization created a second boys team at P.S. 149 on West 117th Street last year, and a girls team will be added to the roster at Frederick Douglass.

For more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204598504578080670860375946.html

Lacrosse In The Community: Oakland Lacrosse Club Formed To Bring Sport To Inner City Schools And Programs In Oakland, CA


Despite having a reputation of being a rich white sport, this fall, hundreds of students at Oakland public schools will be introduced to the game of lacrosse. The Oakland Lacrosse Club – which is a newly created, but not yet completed 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation – intends to work with several Oakland schools to introduce lacrosse to students that the sport has not traditionally served. Photo courtesy of Nora Mitchell

“I want every kid in Oakland to have access to play lacrosse,” Kevin Kelley, the boys game director for the Oakland Lacrosse Club, said. “My goal is to expose the sport to 500 middle schoolers and then in the spring create two under 13 teams; one boys and one girls.”

The Oakland Lacrosse Club will provide youth living in Oakland and attending public, charter or parochial schools with the opportunity to play the sport using P.E. classes and after school programs. This month, Kelley has started working twice a week with Claremont Middle School, in North Oakland, and plans to hold clinics next month with a host of other Oakland schools such as the Oakland Military Institute, Brewer Middle School and the Downtown Oakland YMCA.

“The plan is to have 25 kids in the spring for each team,” said Kelley, who also is a lacrosse coach at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oakland Tech High School. “You need 18-20 healthy players to have a functional team. Typically, a P.E. class has 50 kids to a class. To get 50 kids who have never touched the sport … that’s a great start.”

Although the club just formed this month, for the past couple of years, awareness and interest for the sport has moderately increased. In the spring of 2009, a varsity boys lacrosse team was formed at Skyline High School. That same year, work was started to create a boys Junior Varsity and a girls team at Oakland Tech High School.

“Lacrosse is a spring sport and it takes about a year to launch a program and team,” Nora Mitchell, the executive director at the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association, said. “The lacrosse programs at both Skyline and Oakland Tech High School have been hugely successful. Kids get better grades by playing lacrosse. They are motivated and work hard. That’s why I got involved, because I know how positively it can affect them.”

For more:  http://oaklandlocal.com/article/future-looks-bright-lacrosse-oakland-public-schools

Lacrosse In The Inner City: Professional Lacrosse Player Chazz Woodson Is Featured In “Grow The Game” Videos In Miami’s Dade County (Video)


This is a video of Chazz Woodson, a professional Lacrosse player. Here he talked about introducing the sport to the kids of Overtown here in Miami.

This is the third installment to the Grow The Game videos produced by The Tim Hardaway Foundation Leadership Academy in cooperation with Dade Lacrosse headed by Chazz Woodson and Pete.

Lacrosse In The Inner City: Denver Outlaws Attacker Connor “Con Bro Chill” Martin Visits Frederick Douglas Academy In New York City (Video)


With pop music blaring from his portable waistband boombox, Connor “Con Bro Chill” Martin entered the blisteringly hot gymnasium at Frederick Douglass Academy around noon. After introducing himself to the audience, Connor began interacting with the crowd of 40 boys and girls. He was forced to elevate his voice while providing tips and tricks for the better part of two hours, talking above both the excited cheers of onlookers and the clamor of girls playfully conducting clapping games in the basketball stands.

The Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership Corporation (www.HarlemLacrosse.org), as well as the players from Frederick Douglass Academy, would like to thank Connor Martin + Flow Society for the fantastic visit. Please see below for video from the event. Photos are coming soon…

Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership Corporation (HLL) is a youth organization that builds leadership skills and social responsibility through lacrosse. We provide a safe and structured setting for our players, as we guide them both on and off the field through coaching, mentoring, and academic intervention. Broadening players’ experiences and skill sets prepare them to become effective leaders in the Harlem community.