March 27, 2014 - 2:36 PM
Our friends over at Lacrosse All Stars lacrosse media outlet were nice enough to reach out to Denver City Lax for a question and answer feature they are doing about programs growing the game of lacrosse. It’s called the Game Grower Spotlight. Here are a couple of the questions they asked:
“How did you get involved in lacrosse? Where did you learn about lacrosse?”
“Who, or what, inspires you most to help grow the game?
March 20, 2014 - 6:10 PM
The University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse team and coaching staff spent Wed, March 19 running the Denver City Lax practice.
It was a special opportunity for all the City Lax participants to have the DU Coaching Staff (Bill Tierney, Matt Brown, Dylan Sheridan, and Frank Abruzzini) and their team of 40+ players leading instruction.
Coach Tierney kicked off the practice by addressing an attentive group of City Lax participants about the importance of education, working hard, and striving to be a good person and teammate.
The City Lax teams then split up into five groups and Coach Matt Brown got things heated up with some ground ball and stick work fundamentals. The DU players worked with each group individually and provided one-on-one instruction.
The enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. Looking around the field, it was hard to tell who was enjoying the experience the most – the DU players, City Lax families, or City Lax players. It had to be the City Lax players though, this was an experience they won’t forget.
Thank you to the DU Men’s Lacrosse team for taking the time to bring a new level of excitement to the Denver City Lax kids and families! Our City Lax participants are now able to look up to them not only as lacrosse players but also individuals and mentors.
March 18, 2014 - 8:50 PM
- Dillon Roy and Eric Law teaching the fundamentals
We had a large group group of excited parents out to our second Parent Lacrosse 101 clinic of the 2014 season.
Everyone who participated had a great time. There were a lot of smiles. There’s something about getting a lacrosse stick in your hand that puts a big smile on your face!
And these were some of the luckiest parents ever… They had two professionals (Dillon Roy and Eric Law) teaching them the fundamentals.
The goal is to get as many parents, and family members, familiar with the sport of lacrosse as possible. Lacrosse is a new sport to many. If parents are familiar with the game, they will be more educated fans and feel more connected to what their son/daughter is taking part in.
For years we’ve passed out rule books and expected everyone to fully understand the sport. This year, we figured the best way to teach the parents the game is to get a stick in their hand and start with the fundamentals (catching/throwing and ground balls).
We finished off the clinic by going through some rules and answering questions.
It was a great day for expanding the game of lacrosse and educating fans.
March 17, 2014 - 1:30 AM
- Coach Bill Tierney, University of Denver Men’s Head Coach and City Lax Board of Director, addresses attendees.
On February 26, 2014 City Lax supporters descended on Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the 2014 Denver City Lax Mile High Gala.
The United Club Level at Sports Authority Field at Mile High provided a tremendous venue, and the room filled with about 300 old and new friends. What made it an even more special night is that we celebrated the first City Lax participants going off to college.
The night made it possible for City Lax to continue to build a youth development organization that works to create educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in underserved Denver communities through the sport of lacrosse.
We owe the Colorado lacrosse and business communities our thanks for providing resources to kids in urban Denver neighborhoods! We also want to recognize this year’s sponsors: The Denver Outlaws and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Boom Town Lacrosse, Denver Lacrosse Club and Pura Vida Fitness and Spa.
Thank you to Edward DeCroce Photography (http://www.decrocephotography.com/) for the great images!
March 16, 2014 - 9:00 AM
After a long fall and winter of fundraising, the season is finally here! It’s crazy to think I just finished my first weeks of coaching with City Lax after being on board since September. What a thrill it was to finally be out on the field with all of the participants and working on the fundamentals.
I know I wasn’t the only one excited for practice. The energy the kids had at practice was phenomenal and for the most part they were all working extremely hard. I was personally very impressed with the attitudes the players presented. If that passion and energy can hold up the entire season, it will be a great season!
New U-9 participant after getting his first lacrosse equipment
Although I love coaching and teaching lacrosse to our players, the most exciting thing for me to be a part of at the start of the season was the equipment distribution. The smiles and excitement in their eyes to get their very own pads was something I have never experienced. It brought me back to the day I got my very own pads which is still one of my favorite memories I have!
Parent Lacrosse Clinic
Next to the equipment distribution, the parent clinic was the next best thing. To get sticks in the parents hands and let them experience first hand at catching, throwing and picking up ground balls with both hands was a learning experience for all involved. I don’t think the parents realized how hard the fundamentals can be! The feedback from the parents was great and I think it helped them understand the rules and game greatly. It is our goal to have the most educated sideline in the state!
Still being fresh to the program, I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone involved in City Lax!
- Eric Law