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Representing at SummerBounce!

July 28, 2014 - 2:55 AM

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Great job on and off the field by all 8 Denver City Lax middle school participants at last week’s SummerBounce camp in New Hampshire.  And a big shout out to Cole Finley Ponds who earned the camp’s Peacemaker award given to one male and one female for exemplifying MetroLacrosse’s core curriculum of RESPECT – Responsibility, Effort, Sportsmanship, Participation, Enthusiasm, Communication and Teamwork.  All right Cole!

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SummerBounce is hosted by MetroLacrosse, a Boston organization that brings together youth from urban lacrosse programs across the United States for a week-long overnight lacrosse camp held at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire.  In addition to lacrosse, daily activities include group team building exercises, classroom enrichment sessions and outdoor challenges.  Campers stay in dorms and each day rise early and work and play late.

Thank you MetroLacrosse for hosting Denver City Lax and programs from other cities!  Kudos to Kim, Eileen, Pat and Fitz and the entire staff for making the week a meaningful experience.  Great show!

Photos courtesy of David Higbee and BRIDGE Lacrosse Dallas.

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Coach Dillon and Canada Win World Championship

July 23, 2014 - 10:55 PM

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The FIL World Lacrosse Championships recently took place at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO  from July 10-19.  Thirty eight countries from around the world traveled to Denver to take part in the festivities and compete for a World Championship.  Coach Dillon and Team Canada took home the World Championship.

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We’re thrilled for Coach Dillon!  He put an immense amount of training and hard work into preparing to compete on the World’s stage.  Dillon’s level of commitment and hard work will hopefully serve as an example to the young City Lax student athletes who look up to him.

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In addition to Dillon, there are several other close City Lax ties on Team Canada.  Matt Brown (University of Denver Associate Head Coach) who served as Canada’s Offensive Coordinator is a current Denver City Lax Board of Director.  Mark Matthews, Cameron Flint, and Jeremy Noble have all been big supporters of City Lax for several years.

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Off to SummerBounce in New Hampshire

July 22, 2014 - 7:08 PM

Eight Denver City Lax middle school student athletes traveled across the country to attend the SummerBounce lacrosse and leadership camp hosted by MetroLacrosse in New Hampton, New Hampshire.

SummerBounce is an overnight camp where middle school participants from urban lacrosse programs throughout the country will gather from July 20-25.

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 During the participant’s week at ‘Bounce they will be challenged to push themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of.  All participants will attempt to climb the Alpine Tower (pictured below).  Each participant sets their own goal (i.e. get to the top, or get a 1/4 way up) and then the group helps encourage that individual to meet and exceed his or her goal.

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City Lax 7News Everyday Heroes

July 17, 2014 - 6:33 PM

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Denver City Lax Program Director, Ben Allison, and Development Volunteer, Dillon Roy, were recently recognized as 7News Everyday Heroes for their volunteer work with Denver City Lax.  Watch the full clip by clicking the play button above.

City Lax World Games Team – Summary

July 16, 2014 - 10:14 PM

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Twenty Denver City Lax middle school participants from diverse backgrounds enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a true international and cultural experience when they participated in the World Games youth festival held July 10-15 in Denver.  The festival was part of the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships being hosted in the United States for the first time since 1998.

The sport of lacrosse provided the foundation, but the life lessons, team bonding, exposure to numerous cultures, and the various enrichment activities that took place made it a very special week for the City Lax U13 team.  The experience was about so much more than the game of lacrosse.

Team Bonding

The week was an intensive experience where participants stayed, traveled, ate, worked, and played together.  The Denver City Lax team was joined by out-of-town players from our friends at MetroLacrosse (Boston) and Oakland Lacrosse, two urban programs providing lacrosse and educational opportunities in their cities.  For many of the participants, it was the first time they were away from home and the security of family.  The setting allowed participants to strengthen existing relationships, and create new ones.

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International Experience

The World Championships provided a forum for international cultural exchange, bringing together men’s teams from 38 different countries.  It’s not often that a group of kids from inner-city neighborhoods are able to meet and interact with individuals from all over the world.  Our City Lax team loved visiting with teams from other countries, and were treated to a full cultural experience.

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Leadership

Leadership was the Theme of the Week.  As a team sport, lacrosse provides an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about and practice leadership.  Acting on leadership is often a difficult concept for youth to master.  The activities planned for the team (white water rafting, Red Rocks hike, competitive lacrosse as well as team practices, meals, and daily meetings) provided opportunities for each participant to not only learn about leadership, but to act on it.  Denver City Lax coaches guiding the young players included Eric Law, Terry Ellis and Ben Allison who were also joined by visiting Oakland Lacrosse founder and coach Kevin Kelly – all great mentors the boys look up to.

The Goal and Challenge

The week long trip helped illustrate the goals of Denver City Lax and other urban programs that are working to not simply grow the game by numbers, but provide sustainable programming and meaningful opportunity to youth in urban neighborhoods.  Denver City Lax uses the sport of lacrosse as a platform to provide competitive play coupled with educational and enrichment opportunities to assist youth in developing positive values and character traits.

Introducing the sport by providing equipment is step one.  The big challenge is taking the next steps in developing successful programming that allows kids access and opportunity to fully participate in the growth of the game.  It’s expensive and daunting given the growth and atmosphere of competitive team play and the high cost of elite clubs that currently are the main access points to higher educational opportunities.  The end goal is to hopefully create an environment of involvement and access to everyone where the richness of diverse backgrounds and perspectives become part of the game’s overall value and experience.

Denver City Lax has 200+ current participants, and has introduced 1000’s more to the game of lacrosse.  The organization provides all equipment, registration fees and other expenses at NO COST, including opportunities to travel the country, attend leadership and lacrosse camps, mentoring, tutoring and college counseling.

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Read what some participants had to say

What was your favorite moment from the trip?

“My favorite moment was when we went white water rafting because we got wet and it was cold.” – Craig T.

“My favorite moment was the workout at Red Rocks with Coach Eric because he made us push ourselves and work through it.” – Cole F.

What did you learn and what will you take away from the experience?

“I learned that in a game, although you are down by some goals, you go 110% and work as hard as you possibly can.” – Marlom J.

“I learned that you should never give up and have fun.  Just like Uganda I want to be able to never quit and have fun with whatever I am doing.” – Dylan G.

What was one activity we did that helped build individual/group leadership?

“One activity that we did as a group that helped build good leadership was when we went white water rafting because it taught us how to work together.” – Robert R.

“One activity that helped build leadership was the white water rafting and how we all how to paddle at the same time.” – Bleu W.

 

SPONSORS/SUPPORTERS

We would like to thank all of the individuals who invested their time and donations to make our City Lax U13 World Games team happen.  We would specifically like to thank the Impact Denver team from the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.

 

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World Games – Team Uganda Makes History

July 15, 2014 - 9:37 PM

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The win took place on an auxiliary field removed from stadium play, but the most dramatic and special moment to date at this year’s World Championships belonged to Uganda late Monday afternoon.

In an unlikely comeback, the first-year team from Africa continued to capture the world’s attention by coming back twice from 5 goal deficits to win 10-9 over Korea in dramatic last minute fashion.

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It was the first win ever for Team Uganda, and helped cap off their multi-year effort to field a team to travel and compete at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships being held in Denver.

Denver City Lax along with hundreds of fans were there to witness the heroics.  We were thrilled to be there to witness Team Uganda’s first ever win and celebrate with them afterward.

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Team Uganda Lacrosse Celebration from Denver City Lax on Vimeo.