Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/15/09
From Press Releases
Philadelphia’s L.E.A.P.S. program is one of 21 organizations around the country that has been awarded a US Lacrosse 2010 Sportsmanship Grant. US Lacrosse works with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to provide these grants to programs that are growing the sport of lacrosse at the youth level.
The US Lacrosse Sportsmanship Grant package includes 3 workshops: “Double Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons,” “Leading your Organization: Developing a Positive Coaching Culture” and “The Second Goal Parent: Developing Winners in Life Through Sports.”
L.E.A.P.S. (Lacrosse Education Attitude Perseverance and Success) is a grassroots program designed to build on lacrosse programs in the inner-city. It is co-directed by Philly pro players John Christmas and Eric Gregg as well as Director of Operations Billy McKinney.
Also awarded a grant was the York (PA) County Lacrosse Association.
The grants will financially assist these 21 organizations in educating their lacrosse coaches, officials, athletes and fans in honoring the game. Most organizations use the grant to help cover the costs of a PCA workshop package or to implement the US Lacrosse Sportsmanship Card program in their area.
US Lacrosse has collaborated for over nine years with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a Stanford University (California) based program. US Lacrosse and PCA have partnered in a nationwide endeavor to make lacrosse a positive, character-building experience for every athlete and to make the experience a more successful one for coaches, parents, fans and officials.
“US Lacrosse is proud to provide the resources necessary to promote positive coaching and sportsmanship for lacrosse organizations across the country,” said Joshua Christian, managing director of programs and services. “It is our hope that these partnership grants will serve as the foundation for establishing and maintaining a healthy lacrosse environment.”
Grant winners will receive their grant in December and have until March 15, 2009 to utilize their award.
PCA Grant Winners:
Lacrosse Education Attitude Perseverance and Success (L.E.A.P.S.) (Philadelphia, Pa.)
York County Lacrosse Association (York, Pa.)
Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse (Burke, Va.)
Milwaukee Area Youth Lacrosse Association (Fox Point, Wis.)
LA Lacrosse League (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (San Anselmo, Calif.)
Connecticut Lacrosse Foundation (Cheshire, Conn.)
Greater Houston Chapter (Cypress, Texas)
Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League (Alexandria, Va.)
Greenwich Youth Lacrosse (Old Greenwich, Conn.)
BRIDGE Lacrosse Dallas, Inc. (Dallas, Texas)
Novato Lacrosse Club (Novato, Calif.)
Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association (Birmingham, Ala.)
North Coast Ohio Chapter (Hudson, Ohio)
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter-Tampa Area Lacrosse (Tampa, Fla.)
Colorado Girls Lacrosse Association (Centennial, Colo.)
Hampton Roads Chapter, US Lacrosse (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Idaho Lacrosse Association (Boise, Idaho)
Mercer Island Lacrosse Club “MILC” (Mercer Island, Wash.)
San Ramon Raptor Lacrosse Club (San Ramon, Calif.)
Somers Lacrosse Association (Somers, Conn.)
About Positive Coaching Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth. Through partnership with more than 1,100 youth sports organizations, leagues, schools and cities nationwide, PCA has conducted 5,000-plus workshops for youth sports coaches, parents, organizational leaders and athletes. To learn more about PCA visit, www.positivecoach.org.