September 4, 2013 by Hillsborough County Lacrosse Alliance
TAMPA, Sept. 4, 2013 – The Hillsborough County Lacrosse Alliance (HALAX) was notified today that girls and boys lacrosse teams at Jefferson and Tampa Bay Technical High Schools have been awarded development grants through the 2013 First Stick Program provided by US Lacrosse.
The First Stick Program is a US Lacrosse initiative supported by many of the leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers of lacrosse equipment and is designed to deliver comprehensive resources, equipment, US Lacrosse membership and coaches training to awarded teams. The program is geared for new and developing youth and high school lacrosse teams nationwide.
First Stick Program grant recipients will have a two-year partnership with US Lacrosse, during which time the national organization will help to develop a self-sustaining lacrosse program that operates by US Lacrosse’s national standards and best practices. One of the program’s primary goals is to help break down the barriers to participation by providing free and/or discounted resources to new teams.
HALAX President, Jon Levy, commented on the goal of the First Stick Program to expand participation in lacrosse beyond traditional boundaries: “We are excited about the enthusiasm at both Tampa Bay Tech and Jefferson to start playing the fastest growing sport in the US. These grants give us a tremendous boost in providing the opportunity to play lacrosse in all parts of Hillsborough County.”
Jefferson and Tampa Bay Technical High Schools are part of a 3-year, Hillsborough County School District, pilot program in which several area schools will offer lacrosse as an FHSAA-sanctioned sport beginning in January 2014. Under the agreement between the Hillsborough County School Board and HALAX, ten high schools were approved to offer lacrosse as a school sport in the program’s first year with the possibility of additional schools being added as they qualify in subsequent years.
Contact: Jill Rintoul, HALAX Director, Grants