Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/7/09
The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA) is spearheading a donation drive to outfit the first Philadelphia Public League high school boys’ lacrosse team with enough equipment to begin play this year.
The PLA is asking for donations from organizations or vendors to supply money or helmets, goals, goalie equipment or goalie sticks to provide the needed resources for the FitzSimons High team.
Also, the PLA is running a stick-and-ball donation drive and is asking for any coach or player who can donate quality sticks and balls to bring them to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association free coaching/parent clinic Sunday (9 a.m.-noon) at Germantown Academy
FitzSimons is slated to play a JV schedule this year. Its team is an offshoot of the Philadelphia Middle Grades Lacrosse program, which has run the past three years for boys’and girls’ teams in the city.
The PLA has provided more than $30,000 to fund the Middle Grades program, which is hoped to spawn high school varsity teams in the next few years.
Thus far, the donors, called the “Friends of FitzSimons,” include the following groups that have contributed $5050 to purchase helmets: Lax4Lives, Ashbee Youth Lacrosse, Conestoga High School Lacrosse Boosters Club, Conestoga Youth Lacrosse, Haven Youth Lacrosse, and Immaculata College Men’s Lacrosse
The group also includes the following organizations that are contributing equipment or discounts: Kelly’s Sporting Goods (uniforms at cost); Radnor High School Lacrosse (donating surplus equipment); and STX Lacrosse (donating new gloves, pads and other equipment).
The PLA also is looking for volunteers to help string sticks with new mesh packages. The PLA would certify community service for these volunteers and issue a certificate of appreciation.
For more information, contact PLA President Danny Altschuler at firstname.lastname@example.org