February 8, 2017 - 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
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
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 9, 2015 - 4:42 PM
Meet Yolanda! She’s a lacrosse Mom through and through. She’s at the lacrosse field every day willing to lend a hand and assist in any way she can. It’s great to have her, and her whole family, apart of City Lax!
How did you hear about City Lax?
I learned about Denver City Lax from Coach Steve.
What do you think is the best thing about City Lax?
The best…I would say the coaches.
Coach Ben has the most welcoming smile and authentic personality. He has a genuine love for the game of lacrosse and each of the player. Ben extends his hand in friendship to each of the player by stating “Hey call me and we can hang out” and really means it.
Coach Rod; knows each of the players names and will confront referees and other coaches when they cross the line.
Coaches Eric and Dillon: Hearing comments from Ezekiel about how each of them play. Ezekiel stated, “Man, did you see how Coach Dillon checked that other player?” “Did you see that goal Coach Eric made?” I told that lady that I was Eric’s nephew. (At an Outlaw game). Seeing Coach Dillon holding a lacrosse stick while Ezekiel hangs from it and Coach Eric partnering up with him for skills workouts. I could go on and on because there are so many things that make me smile when I think about Denver City Lax.
What is your favorite memory of City Lax?
Our favorite memories are bundled in summer tournaments. When Ezekiel scored over his shoulder. I’m biased. Our last season 2015 U9 the team was cohesive and players who never attempted to score were taking shots on goal. Players began to define who they were and the positions they were good playing.
Do you have a special message to donors?
Making an investment or donation to Denver City Lax is more than donating to a sports team. It is investing in the lives of students. Denver City Lax is about creating lasting legacies in these players by paving a way academically first and athletically second. Education is a must; sports are privilege. When we change the lives of children we shape the future of our country.
Is the cost of City Lax being 100% free of charge important to you? If so, why?
It is and isn’t. I know that this sport is expensive; lacrosse sticks, bags, cleats, team fees, tournaments and insurance. With our own income it is important. My desire to support Denver City Lax financially is always in the back of my mind.
Are there any experience that you have had with City Lax that you would like to share?
Meeting Team Uganda and having Joseph participate in the FIL Youth Games. Seeing Joseph play against some of the top teams across the United States was amazing. Team Uganda’s embracement of both Joseph and Ezekiel was heartwarming. Many of the members of that team still ask about Ezekiel and like videos of him that are posted.
Ezekiel meeting his lacrosse hero (not sure that’s the word he would use) Chazz Woodson was incredible. In 2012, after watching video footage of Chazz Woodson Ezekiel scored his first ever goal in the spirit and likeness of him.
What experiences with City Lax have you taken part in that you never would’ve done without playing lacrosse?
I don’t think we would have experienced the FIL Lacrosse World Games 2014. We would not have made friends from other countries. Seeing lacrosse on a global stage warms my heart and seeing Coach Dillon play was absolutely phenomenal.
Have you seen a change in behavior at school or home since your child has been involved with City Lax?
My sons have sought to become better athletes and to pursue their dreams with fervor.
What is your favorite, and least favorite thing about lacrosse?
My favorite things about lacrosse is exposing my children to this sport and the international teams. Cheering on my favorite players Joseph #24, Ezekiel #01, the Incredible Hulk Dillon #91 and the Amazing Spider Man Eric #15. The least favorite is traveling far for a game and having to choose between which son’s game to go to.
What activities does your family like to do together?
We like to hike, swim, and play together. We like to doing many things together. Karaoke is my one of the many family activities we love, next we love attending sporting events.
October 6, 2015 - 8:52 PM
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.
August 5, 2015 - 9:34 PM
Denver City Lax sends a huge thank you to the Daniels Fund for awarding Denver City Lax a very generous grant in 2015. Their support has been a tremendous boost in helping Denver City Lax continue making a difference in the lives of Denver’s youth.
Denver City Lax is a sports-based youth development organization creating educational and life opportunities for boys and girls in underserved neighborhoods in the Denver area. All participants are given the opportunity to play regardless of financial ability and the Daniels Fund helps make this possible.
The Daniels Fund grant also enabled Denver City Lax to host their first Summer Academy in 2015, a six-day, 5-night intensive lacrosse and leadership experience held on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. To read more about this tremendous week, see Summer Academy 2015.
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, establish the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.danielsfund.org.
Thank you again to the Daniels Fund for their compassionate and generous support.
Denver City Lax staff and families