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