Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/19/14
From Press Release
It’s with great excitement that Israel Lacrosse announces it is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Winter Service Trips:
U-17 National Developmental Program:
The U-17 National Developmental Team is open to high school Freshman and Sophomores who wish to get their first taste of lacrosse in Israel. The trip features comprehensive touring including, hiking Masada at sunrise, floating in the Dead Sea, and visiting the Old City of Jerusalem. The teams will dorm and train at the Wingate Institute for Sport, Israel’s Official Olympic training facility in Netanya, and will help teach the sport to young Israeli athletes in the city of Ashkelon.
The trip will conclude in Belgium, where the U-17 teams will represent Israel in international competition against several top U-19 European clubs. The dates of the U-17 program are December 24, 2014 through January 3, 2015, departing from JFK-New York.
U-19 National Developmental Program:
The U-19 National Developmental Team is open to high school Juniors and Seniors who wish to visit Israel on a service-learning trip. The trip will travel up and down the Mediterranean coast, with a focus on youth development and teaching the game. Participants will experience all Israel has to offer, while training, touring, and competing in exhibition games, but we’ll do so with an increased emphasis on coaching, “giving back”, and getting hands-on with teaching lacrosse to the youth of the Jewish State.
The group will stay at a Kibbutz, close to the lacrosse hotbeds in Ashkelon and Tel Aviv. The trip will conclude in Belgium, where the U-19 teams will represent Israel in international competition against several top Senior European clubs. The dates of the U-19 program are December 24, 2014 through January 4, 2015, departing from JFK-New York.
Team Israel Masters (40+) Israel Reunion Trip & “Parents Track”:
We’re reuniting the Israel Masters team in Israel for the first time since the 2014 World Lacrosse Festival this past summer in Denver. Masters participants will get back on the field, explore Israel and contribute to growing the sport in Israel by helping the U-17 and U-19 teams with clinics and practices. The group will stay at a hotel on the Tel Aviv coast, and will tour all the “must see” sights of Israel, as well as a wine tasting tour, Shabbat dinner and lacrosse events with our youth programs. Spouses, as well as parents of U-17 and U-19 participants, are welcome to participate.
This winter’s coaching staff features Ohio Machine star Peter Baum, who won the Teewaraton Trophy at Colgate University, and Johns Hopkins All-American Kim Dubansky, who led Team Israel at the 2013 World Cup and currently coaches at the Gilman School, as well as an impressive lineup of Israel national team players, former Jewish NCAA stars and a smattering of other pro players from Major League Lacrosse.
Israel Lacrosse is able to offer a participant package, which includes all housing, transportation (including group flight from New York to Brussels/Tel Aviv), food, apparel (including Israel and club team uniforms, team helmet, gloves, and more), touring, insurance, and intangibles for $4,000 USD for men and $3,600 USD for women.
Israel Lacrosse understands this is a significant expense, so it is in the process of developing several fundraising programs to help alleviate the cost. That being said, it does not receive any government support, and thus the expense for this trip must be 100% self-funded.
Please note the Israel Lacrosse Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in New York State, and all financial contributions made in support of the Israel U19 team are tax deductible.
For more information, contact Emily Brodsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julia Szafman (Julia@lacrosse.co.il).