February 8, 2017 3:34 AM
An early rising and spirited group of Colorado high school lacrosse players were greeted to a sun-filled Washington Park Sunday morning for the fourth annual Denver City Lax Dash, as players representing a dozen schools hit the running path to support Denver City Lax’s work in assisting at-risk youth in finding success in life through the sport of lacrosse.
The Dash is among the leading, if not largest, high school athletic related charity fundraisers in Colorado, involving more than a 1000 athletes and families and numerous high school coaches since the 5K event began three years ago. The race supports Denver City Lax, an urban lacrosse based organization providing equipment and year-round programming at no cost to boys and girls in underserved Denver neighborhoods.
Lacrosse is the entry point to Denver City Lax’s youth development program. Hundreds of elementary and middle school boys and girls living in neighborhoods that previously were not familiar with the sport participate on youth teams focused on promoting education and life skills development. In addition to lacrosse, year-round opportunities for participants include leadership camps, outdoor mountain experiences, enrichment activities, academic support, college visits and preparation and individual mentoring.
This year’s event was boosted by Premier Dash Sponsor Encore Lacrosse, a Bay area lacrosse and apparel company founded by University of Virginia 3x All-American John Christmas. Encore is guided by the credo Action is Character, and is the place for Team Apparel, Lifestyle Apparel and International Travel excursions with a trip for high school and college players to Ecuador this summer. Two other great companies, StringKing and LXTC Lacrosse, also supported this year’s race.
“The community give-back has been incredible,” says Denver Outlaw MLL championship game MVP Eric Law, who works as the Program Manager for Denver City Lax. “High school teams bond in a team activity while also getting in shape for the season, and it all benefits Denver City Lax. There are not enough thanks for the coaches, players, families, donors and amazing sponsors that have made the Dash a special event.”
High school lacrosse programs raising money for Denver City Lax included Regis Jesuit (boys and girls), Denver East (boys and girls), Arapahoe, Kent Denver, Rock Canyon, Valor girls, Mullen, Prairie View, Alexander Dawson, Wheat Ridge, Cherry Creek, Monarch and Thomas Jefferson.
“I participated in the City Lax Dash because I love giving back to the community and the event is just a great time,” commented Ryan Bergner, a Kent Denver senior on his way to Bryant University next fall.
You don’t have to be in high school or Colorado to help make a difference to Denver City Lax, and donations can be made at any time. Check out the 2017 Dash event page and select any team or runner to support, or simply make a donation through the City Lax website. Your contribution will help kids that would otherwise not be playing find success on and off the field.
Additional information about Denver City Lax is available here: citylaxdenver.org
August 11, 2016 3:12 PM
SKILL SPECIFIC TRAINING
Fine tune your skills! Fall clinics will focus specifically on lacrosse fundamentals and shooting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get reps and get better.
Dates: (6) Thursdays – 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13
Location: MLK Recreation Center
Times: 5:00-6:30 PM
- Returning and new participants
- Kindergarten-8th Grade
- Boys and Girls
August 2, 2016 7:10 PM
A huge THANK YOU to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame! The CSHOF not only honors individuals and athletes meriting distinction in our state, but each year their youth sports and donation committee selects organizations working to help youth sports and education in Colorado. Denver City lax is honored to be both a current year and past recipient of CSHOF’s support!
The financial assistance provided by CSHOF is a positive and meaningful boost to Denver City Lax and numerous other youth organizations working throughout the state. You can read more about CSHOF’s impact in the community here: Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Here’s the donation story http://www.coloradosports.org/index.php/news/item/317-the-colorado-sports-hall-of-fame-makes-200-000-in-donations
May 12, 2016 4:56 PM
Join City Lax parent and Health Activist, Cher Crichlow, for a short meet-up to discuss authentic health strategies. Human bodies across the globe want the same thing – nutritious food to be absorbed in the blood to supply nutrients to power the whole body. Human bodies are amazing and they always move toward health. They don’t naturally want to be diseased, tired, dull, and sick. They don’t know how to hide the truth.
- What: the REAL Value of Health meet-up
- When: Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 at 5:30-6:00p. The meet-up will cover the same information on both days.
- Where: Bench on 38th Street, outside at MLK park
Give VALUE to your health. Learn what is possible. One person with a renewed health practice has the potential to affect many others.
December 4, 2015 5:11 PM
Sending a shout out to both the Bill Belichick Foundation and the PeyBack Foundation!
They have been fierce competitors for years on opposite NFL sidelines, but Bill Belichick and Peyton Manning are on the same team when it comes to assisting youth in America. Both football greats have established foundations that support non-profit organizations providing services to children, and Denver City Lax is honored to be a 2015 grant recipient from each.
We are grateful for the generosity of Bill Belichick and Peyton Manning. The financial assistance provided by their foundations truly helps Denver City Lax and many other youth organizations.
Take a moment to read more about these special foundations here: The Bill Belichick Foundation and PeyBack Foundation
November 30, 2015 9:15 PM
What is the Dash?
The Denver City Lax Dash is a 5K race that will take place at Washington Park on February 5th, 2017. The race is bringing the Colorado lacrosse community together to support and rally around a great cause. The Dash is a community service opportunity engaging the Colorado High School lacrosse community in a fundraising event benefiting Denver City Lax! Last year, in 2016, over 300 HS lacrosse players from all over Colorado ran in the Dash making it the most successful non-profit fundraiser attributable to high school lacrosse players in Colorado lacrosse history!
- The Dash is a fundraiser for Denver City Lax. By participating in the race, you are helping City Lax continue to create educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in underserved Denver areas through the sport of lacrosse.
- Receive valuable community service hours (up to 20) that directly impact a kid’s life whom you share a common bond of lacrosse with.
- Get in great shape before the start of your season.
- Feel a sense of accomplishment by helping a local nonprofit while bettering yourself.
- Be a part of the most successful non-profit fundraiser attributable to high lacrosse players in Colorado history.
How do I sign up?
- Fill out the Dash Registration Form
- We will create your online page and send it back to you (Be sure to check your email)
- Personalize your online page (Fundraising goal, personal picture, why you are running)
- Share your page with family and friends (Email, letter, social media, etc.)
- Go for a run and play wall ball to get ready for the season.
When and Where is the City Lax Dash?
- The City Lax Dash will be on February 5th, 2017 at Washington Park (MAP) in Denver.
- Race Day Logistics:
- Park at South High School
- 9:15 AM – Runner check in & snacks at City Lax tent
- 10:00 AM – Race begins!
- 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – post race festivities (music, 3x lacrosse games, prizes, and more).
What is Denver City Lax?
- Denver City Lax is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth development program using lacrosse as a platform for social change in urban Denver neighborhoods. Hundreds of kids participate in our program delivering health, character and leadership skills that lead to academic success and positive social outcomes. All of our programs are run at no cost to participants and their families.
- We introduce 1,000’s of new kids to the sport and have over 250 full time participants.
- Use themes found in lacrosse that translate over to daily life skills such as sportsmanship, responsibility, leadership and healthy living.
- Mentoring, tutoring and academic advising.
How long is the race?
- The City Lax Dash is a 5K race which is about 3.2 miles.
- Runners should have the goal of finishing between 22-25 minutes.
How much does it cost to register for the City Lax Dash?
- Each individual participating in the City Lax Dash is required to fundraise a minimum of $100 on their personal crowdfunding page.
- Once the $100 minimum is met the individual will be entered into the race and will also receive a race t-shirt.
How do I get community service hours?
- You can earn up to 20 hours of community service for participating in the City Lax Dash.
- Community service hours are earned through the time you spend physically training for the Dash and fundraising in order to meet your goal.
- It’s important each individual keep track of their own hours.
How Does Crowdrise Work?
Crowdrise is a team-based crowdfunding platform. Each school participating in the Dash has a team page, and each runner representing that school has their own personal page. This is where you ask friends and family to support your running effort.
What does the money that I fundraise go towards and are there any rewards?
$100 – EQUIP A CITY LAX PLAYER!
When you raise $100 on your campaign you:
- Will fully equip a City Lax player this Spring!
- Will be entered for the #CityLaxDash and receive a race T-Shirt.
$250 – SPONSOR A BOY OR GIRL THIS SPRING!
When you raise $250 on your campaign you:
- Will sponsor a boy/girl for this upcoming spring season (includes all equipment, uniform, registration fees, etc)
- Receive a City Lax hat (plus all items above)
$500 – SEND A CITY LAX KID TO CAMP
When you raise $500 on your campaign you:
- Will send a kid to a weeklong overnight lacrosse and leadership camp.
- Receive a City Lax Hoodie (plus all items above)
$1000 – SCHOLARSHIP A PARTICIPANT FOR A YEAR
When you raise $1000 on your campaign you:
- Will provide a full scholarship for one boy or girls for a year.
- Includes all equipment, registration fees, 1v1 mentorship, camps, travel/adventure, competitive team experience, etc).
- Receive a City Lax shorts (plus all items above)
Have additional questions?
Contact Eric – Eric@CityLaxDenver.org
November 10, 2015 6:21 PM
Mark your calendar for the Denver City Lax Mile High Gala on February 17, 2016!
A sold out crowd joined us in 2015 for an evening of celebration and inspiring stories. The United Club level at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is reserved, and plans for an exciting night honoring City Lax kids finding success through lacrosse are underway.
Last year the Denver community helped Denver City Lax raise funds to offer more kids more opportunities than ever before. With your help we can do the same in 2016.
Formal invitations and online registration coming soon! For more information please contact Ben (Ben@CityLaxDenver.org), or head over to our Events web page.
November 9, 2015 4:42 PM
Meet Yolanda! She’s a lacrosse Mom through and through. She’s at the lacrosse field every day willing to lend a hand and assist in any way she can. It’s great to have her, and her whole family, apart of City Lax!
How did you hear about City Lax?
I learned about Denver City Lax from Coach Steve.
What do you think is the best thing about City Lax?
The best…I would say the coaches.
Coach Ben has the most welcoming smile and authentic personality. He has a genuine love for the game of lacrosse and each of the player. Ben extends his hand in friendship to each of the player by stating “Hey call me and we can hang out” and really means it.
Coach Rod; knows each of the players names and will confront referees and other coaches when they cross the line.
Coaches Eric and Dillon: Hearing comments from Ezekiel about how each of them play. Ezekiel stated, “Man, did you see how Coach Dillon checked that other player?” “Did you see that goal Coach Eric made?” I told that lady that I was Eric’s nephew. (At an Outlaw game). Seeing Coach Dillon holding a lacrosse stick while Ezekiel hangs from it and Coach Eric partnering up with him for skills workouts. I could go on and on because there are so many things that make me smile when I think about Denver City Lax.
What is your favorite memory of City Lax?
Our favorite memories are bundled in summer tournaments. When Ezekiel scored over his shoulder. I’m biased. Our last season 2015 U9 the team was cohesive and players who never attempted to score were taking shots on goal. Players began to define who they were and the positions they were good playing.
Do you have a special message to donors?
Making an investment or donation to Denver City Lax is more than donating to a sports team. It is investing in the lives of students. Denver City Lax is about creating lasting legacies in these players by paving a way academically first and athletically second. Education is a must; sports are privilege. When we change the lives of children we shape the future of our country.
Is the cost of City Lax being 100% free of charge important to you? If so, why?
It is and isn’t. I know that this sport is expensive; lacrosse sticks, bags, cleats, team fees, tournaments and insurance. With our own income it is important. My desire to support Denver City Lax financially is always in the back of my mind.
Are there any experience that you have had with City Lax that you would like to share?
Meeting Team Uganda and having Joseph participate in the FIL Youth Games. Seeing Joseph play against some of the top teams across the United States was amazing. Team Uganda’s embracement of both Joseph and Ezekiel was heartwarming. Many of the members of that team still ask about Ezekiel and like videos of him that are posted.
Ezekiel meeting his lacrosse hero (not sure that’s the word he would use) Chazz Woodson was incredible. In 2012, after watching video footage of Chazz Woodson Ezekiel scored his first ever goal in the spirit and likeness of him.
What experiences with City Lax have you taken part in that you never would’ve done without playing lacrosse?
I don’t think we would have experienced the FIL Lacrosse World Games 2014. We would not have made friends from other countries. Seeing lacrosse on a global stage warms my heart and seeing Coach Dillon play was absolutely phenomenal.
Have you seen a change in behavior at school or home since your child has been involved with City Lax?
My sons have sought to become better athletes and to pursue their dreams with fervor.
What is your favorite, and least favorite thing about lacrosse?
My favorite things about lacrosse is exposing my children to this sport and the international teams. Cheering on my favorite players Joseph #24, Ezekiel #01, the Incredible Hulk Dillon #91 and the Amazing Spider Man Eric #15. The least favorite is traveling far for a game and having to choose between which son’s game to go to.
What activities does your family like to do together?
We like to hike, swim, and play together. We like to doing many things together. Karaoke is my one of the many family activities we love, next we love attending sporting events.
October 22, 2015 1:39 AM
DaVaughn is a 4th grader at Cole Arts and Science and plays on the U9 team. He has been playing with City Lax for the past two seasons and has been a force between the pipes!
What are your future goals?
My goals have changed, I no longer want to be a football player, I want to be a professional lacrosse player and coach, to give back to community and help a kid out like my coaches have. Teach the game of lacrosse. If I don’t make it I want to be a police officer.
What other sports or activities are you involved in?
Football and Basketball
What is your favorite part about City Lax?
My favorite part of City Lax, is that my team is able to play kids all over the state and meeting new people. All the coaches push us to work hard and to do the best that we can do. I love to hear from other families that are not part of city lax what a great job I did in a game!
What life lessons have you learned from City Lax?
Never give up and keep working hard in whatever I do in life and to be a leader not a follower.
What has lacrosse taught you about yourself?
Lacrosse has taught me that I can do anything that I put my mind to. It has taught me how to be a leader and help others out when then need help. I am a team player because of lacrosse. It has given me experience that I would had never got in life.
Where do you want to go to college and what are you interested in studying?
Yes I want to go to college, I want to go to DU to play lacrosse and study law.
What’s something cool about you that your teammates don’t know?
I am great at math.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a great dancer.
What is your best memory from City Lax?
My best memory of City Lax is meeting Uganda players and being able to have practice with them and have a camp with them. It was a great experience to meet someone from another country and I still have contact with them.
Who is your favorite City Lax coach and why?
Coach Eric Law. He has been my coach since I joined two years ago. He is my favorite coach because he challenges me to throw the ball with my left hand. He has taught me how to not stop my feet and then throw the ball. He has challenged me to do things that I thought I couldn’t do, like being goalie.
Who’s your favorite role model and why?
All my coaches are my role model because they have taken up there time to teach me and give me support that I need.
How do you feel after making a great play in practice or a game?
I get super happy and I feel great. I love being goalie because it makes me stand out and be proud when I stop all the balls or at least try to! They say I am crazy for wanted to be goalie but I love it and I work hard at it! No balls getting through me.