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Player Spotlight: DaVaughn (aka “Big D”)

October 22, 2015 - 1:39 AM

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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.

2016 #CityLaxDash FAQ’s

October 12, 2015 - 10:00 PM

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What is the Dash?

The Denver City Lax Dash is a 5K race that will take place at Washington Park on February 7th, 2016.  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 2015, over 150 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!

Why run?

  • 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?

  • 1. Fill out the City Lax Dash Registration Form
  • 2. We will create your online page and send it back to you (Be sure to check your email)
  • 3. Personalize your online page (Fundraising goal, personal picture, why you are running)
  • 4. Share your page with family and friends (Email, letter, social media, etc.)
  • 5. 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 7th, 2016 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 crowdfundraising 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.

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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 KID FOR A YEAR

When you raise $1000 on your campaign you:

  • Will provide a full scholarship for a kid for 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

 

 

Player Spotlight: Cisco Gonzales

October 6, 2015 - 8:52 PM

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Meet Cisco Gonzales!  Cisco is 13 and in the 8th grade at Denver School for International Studies.  He has been playing with City Lax for 5 years.  He continues to improve as a player, and is a great young man.  Cisco came to City Lax after first playing a year with the Boys and Girls Club. We are so happy that Cisco is a part of the City Lax family and hope you enjoy his spotlight!

How did you hear about City Lax?

I heard about it from Coach Ben while I was playing my first year of lacrosse at the Boys and Girls Club.

Have you had any other family members be a part of City Lax?

I have not had any family members be a part of City Lax. My sister however is about to start her first year.

What are your future goals?

My goals for the future are to graduate East High School and attend either Stanford or Johns Hopkins University. I would like to graduate from college and receive a degree in criminal justice and move on to the MLL. Since joining City Lax I have set a goal to take my lacrosse career to the next level.

What other sports or activities are you involved in?

Rugby, Basketball, Tennis, Golf

What is your favorite part about City Lax?

My favorite part about Denver City Lax is the relationships we form on and off the field. I consider City Lax as my second family. For example, I consider my teammates my brothers and my coaches my uncles.

What life lessons have you learned from City Lax?

I have learned many life lessons like to appreciate everything I have, to always fulfill your commitments at school and on the field, and to do everything you do to your best ability.

Do you want to go to college?

I either would like to attend Stanford or John’s Hopkins University and received a degree in criminal justice.

What is your best memory from City Lax?

I can’t decide on either the BCM trip or our last game of this season (2015). I like BCM because it made me appreciate everything I have and all the opportunities I get. I liked our last game because it made me realize where we came from and it was really nice when Coach Ben’s “allergies” were acting up but on a serious note it also gave me a chance to notice the relationships I have formed and how Denver City Lax is so much more than a lacrosse team.

How do you feel after making a great play?

It’s the best feeling ever because then you know that all the work, hours, blood, sweat and tears have paid off.