February 12, 2019 4:41 PM
A snow covered City Park, Denver’s most historical open space venue, was the backdrop this past Sunday for the 6th annual Denver City Lax Dash.
The Dash is a 5k fundraising event to support Denver City Lax and their work introducing the sport of lacrosse at no cost and then assisting youth in finding success on the field and in the classroom. Runners fundraise on behalf of City Lax prior to the event, and a committed and gracious group set a new Dash fundraising record.
The Colorado lacrosse community drives the Dash and runners and supporters were out in force this past Sunday on a brisk but beautiful Colorado morning. More than 400 boys and girls high school lacrosse players from over 20 high schools joined together with club teams, coaches, parents and players from the youth ranks to run the 5k.
“The Dash is a true feel good story,” commented Denver City Lax staff member and professional player Eric Law who headed up race coordination. “The Colorado lacrosse community is incredible in giving everyone the opportunity to love this game regardless of resources.”
Raising money, however, isn’t the entire story. “The Dash has become an activity for the entire community to support the growth of the game in a positive way,” says program director Ben Allison. “Kids and families from different backgrounds come together to celebrate collectively.”
Next month City Lax will field 16+ boys and girls teams ranging in age from K through 8th while continuing to supporting students that play through high school and college.
Past Denver City Lax student-athletes are now in college, many as first in family attendees. Two current high school seniors enroll next fall at Johns Hopkins and Richmond respectfully.
Helping making race day a special event were vendors the Denver Outlaws, Motive Pure, Elite Speed, iSplack, and Denver Sports Recovery.
Dash sponsors and partners, all committed to giving back to the community and supporting youth, were LXTC Lacrosse Training Center, Under Armour, Encore Brand Lacrosse and Positive Tracks. For the second year in a row, City Lax has partnered with Positive Tracks, a national non-profit, to support youth runners participating in the City Lax Dash through mentorship and matching donations.
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.
February 12, 2016 9:25 PM
A winter wonderland was the backdrop for a record breaking day at this year’s Denver City Lax Dash.
The Dash supports City Lax in bringing lacrosse to urban neighborhoods and assisting at-risk youth in finding success on the field and in the classroom through the sport of lacrosse.
A high spirited Colorado lacrosse community came out in force to assist City Lax in providing access and opportunity to the game. A beautiful sun-filled Colorado morning greeted runners following an early weekend storm that blanketed race venue Washington Park in snow.
Over 400 boys and girls high school lacrosse players teamed up with a number of youth players, coaches, club teams and college students to run the 4 mile race in support of City Lax. Participants fundraise prior to the event, and this year their collective effort set a Dash record.
“The Dash is driven by Colorado youth wanting to help provide access to the game to kids from all neighborhoods,” said City Lax program manager Eric Law. “It’s become a true community event thanks to the runners, and also their friends and family that jump in to support.”
The Regis Jesuit Boys Lacrosse program led all teams in the number of runners participating and fundraising. Joe Madden, a Regis Jesuit sophomore, was this year’s fundraising leader and first place finisher in the race.
Dash partners and sponsors committed to youth and giving back to the community were: Positive Tracks, HeadWrapz, Under Armour, LXTC Lacrosse, and Encore Brand Lacrosse.
February 8, 2016 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
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.