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Lacrosse Fundraising: “Shootout For Soldiers” Benefits Wounded American Soldiers With “1 Game, 24 Hours, 1 Goal, Support Our Troops” (Video)

The Shootout for Soldiers is a 24 hour lacrosse game benefiting wounded American soldiers. Held in Baltimore the last two years, the Shootout has been a community organized event that has raised over $250,000 for veterans programs. This film aims to highlight the event, as well as the people and work behind it, that make the Shootout for Soldiers so special.

Special thank you to Sam Lichtman for filming and editing, as well as Brett Roberts and Adam Hahn for their video work. For more information on the Shootout for Soldiers check out http://www.shootoutforsoldiers.com

Lacrosse In The Community: Wheelchair Lacrosse Offers Wounded Military Personnel “Physical And Mental Recovery”; “Wheelchair Lacrosse USA” Has Goal Of Establishing A Team In “Every Major City”

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Coach and founder of Maryland-based Freestate Wheelchair Lacrosse Mark Flounlacker said the sport has much to offer military personnel in recovery both physically and mentally.
“It keeps in tune with the warrior nature of the sport,” Flounlacker said, referring to its founding as a Native American sport in which it was perceived as cowardly to avoid an opponent. “It’s aggressive.” Plus, he said, “mentally, it’s an opportunity to learn that you are able to return to recreation and have fun.”

Wheelchair lacrosse was developed in 2009. Four years later, Wheelchair Lacrosse USA fields seven teams around the country, hosts workshops and has participated in tournaments nationwide.

Military participants just may be a key to reaching the goal of establishing a team in “every major city,” the organizers say.

Wheelchair lacrosse was invented in 2009. (Courtesy of Wheelchair Lacrosse USA)

Wheelchair lacrosse was invented in 2009. (Courtesy of Wheelchair Lacrosse USA)

For two hours each Tuesday afternoon, a small group of wounded troops meets in a gym at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, strapping on helmets, pads and gloves to get physical, battling one another to move a small orange ball down a court and hurl it into a goal.

The game is wheelchair lacrosse, and for these military laxbros — some novice, some experienced — the fast pace and demanding workout is just what the doctor ordered.

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By: Patricia Kime

Similar to its field counterpart, wheelchair lacrosse calls for players to swing sticks, poke check each other and slam into each other to force possession of the ball.

The often brutal contact is what many of the players crave.

“Most of us grew up playing team-oriented, competitive, physical games. You enter the disabled sports world, it lacks those competitive team sports. Sure, you’ve got quad rugby and sled hockey, but this gives guys another option to go out there and play hard,” said Army Spec. Calvin Todd, 25, a former college lacrosse player who is at Walter Reed recovering from injuries sustained in an IED blast in 2012.

For more: http://blogs.militarytimes.com/pt365/2013/10/15/wheelchair-lacrosse-gains-steam/

Lacrosse Profiles: Highlands Boys Lacrosse Founder And Head Coach Mary Mattia Receives Texas High School Lacrosse League San Antonio District 2013 Person Of The Year Award (Video)

Mary Mattia Highlands LacrosseWatch the incredible story of how the Highlands High School lacrosse team in San Antonio, Texas came to be.

A lifelong lover of the sport, 2011 Corps Member Mary Mattia was curious if students would be interested in playing. She asked one student, who said yes, and that list quickly grew to 22 names. The rest is history.

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Highlands High School Boys Lacrosse Team

Lacrosse In The Community: US Lacrosse Foundation Launches “Empower Lives Through Lacrosse” Campaign To “Impact US Lacrosse Programs And Services In Greatest Need” (Video)

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Lacrosse In The Community: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Teams Up With Metro Lacrosse (Video)

The Harvard Men’s lacrosse team has spent the fall volunteering its Saturday’s with Metro Lacrosse.

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 Community: “Denver City Lax” Benefits Underprivileged Youth Through The “Sport Of Lacrosse” (Video)

Focusing on the youth based organization that brings The sport of Lacrosse to underprivileged neighborhoods.