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LEAPS lax continues to grow, to hold benefit event, youth clinic

Tuesday, 7th September 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, Clinics, Events, Girl's/Women's, Posted 9/7/10
From Press Releases

LEAPS lacrosse has officially wrapped up its second year of operation in its mission of building lacrosse in under served areas of the Philadelphia area. Highlights from this past summer include:

* LEAPS U-9 boys team participated in the Gum Ball Rally Tournament, many thanks to the Upper Merion Lacrosse Club.

LEAPS player Cori Grobes, accompanied by co-founder Eric Gregg, attended the LXM Pro 610 clinic last month at Radnor High

* LEAPS U-15 boys team participated in the Patriot Games, many thanks to Titan Youth Lacrosse.

* LEAPS youth earned summer lacrosse camp scholarships, many thanks to Pinnacle Lacrosse Camp, Eastern Lacrosse Camp, and PAGLA.

* LEAPS youth got to visit with Pro Lacrosse players at the LXM Pro 610 Event at Radnor HS; click here for LEAPS story and click here for coverage.

* LEAPS summer camps saw twice as many youth than last year, with several players from the current Philadelphia Public high school programs in attendance.

* LEAPS trained over 100 School District of Philadelphia Physical Education Teachers and visited dozens of schools as lacrosse continues to expand in the city.

* Phasmatrope Studios and LEAPS worked together to produce the latest LEAPS short video.

To date, LEAPS has taught thousands of Philadelphia youth the sport of lacrosse by going into Philadelphia public schools and holding assemblies, mini lacrosse clinics, and free summer lacrosse camps. These visits helped create the public high school league which debuted this past spring with 12 teams (six boys/six girls).

LEAPS is also active in several Philadelphia community recreation centers and has organized two community club programs, one calling West Philadelphia’s Overbrook section its home, with the other located in South Philadelphia. These programs consist of lacrosse training, academic assistance, and nutrition education. For both our school district and community efforts we provide the equipment and uniforms through partnerships with local manufacturers.

What follows are details on a youth lacrosse clinic and charity lacrosse game being held on Sept. 18 at Agnes Irwin to benefit the LEAPS lacrosse foundation.

LEAPS relies on support not only from local manufacturers, but also corporations and individuals who share its vision of spreading lacrosse to the underserved. LEAPS also holds fundraisers which support its programs while raising awareness of what LEAPS does.

In an effort to establish an annual benefit event for our inner city lacrosse training, education, and nutrition programs, LEAPS has 30 professional lacrosse players committed to provide a youth clinic followed by a benefit game. Players from the benefit game will be running the clinic alongside co-founders John Christmas and Eric Gregg and Billy McKinney. Kyle Sweeney, Brian Dougherty, Matt Streibel, Paul Rabil, Ric Beardsley, Jess Wasilewski, and Amy Appelt are just some of the players that will be on hand for the clinic. The clinic will be for boys and girls; volunteers are needed.

Professional lacrosse contracts prevent LEAPS from charging admission to the game, so LEAPS is looking for player sponsors. The proceeds will go, in part to the nonprofit organization, and in part to an additional charity of the player or sponsor’s choice. The aim is to raise funds and awareness for the LEAPS cause, while also creating a strong network of support and collaboration with additional causes and audiences.

Please contact Director of Public Relations and Events, Valerie Morini ( with any questions regarding this event and potential sponsorships.


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