2016 #CityLaxDash FAQ’s

October 12, 2015 10:00 PM


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?


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.



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)



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)



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)


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Player Spotlight: Cisco Gonzales

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.

DU Women’s Lacrosse Visit Information

September 14, 2015 6:39 PM



On Tuesday, April 19 we will visit the University of Denver Women’s Lacrosse team.  City Lax participants will meet the DU players and coaches, and take a special tour of the University campus, and receive a lacrosse clinic.  This is a unique opportunity for City Lax girls to spend time with elite players, develop new relationships, and enjoy being on a college campus.


- Tuesday, April 19 from 4:30-6:00 PM
- Meet at 4:30 PM at base of stairs between Richie Center and Barton Stadium.


All City Lax Girls Participants.  Parents are also welcome to join.


- University of Denver, Peter Barton Stadium (MAP)
- We will be meeting in at the base of the stairs between the Richie Center and Barton Stadium.


Free Parking - Park on Franklin Street (4-5 block walk)
Paid Parking - There’s paid street parking along Buchtel and in the parking lot in front of the Richie Center along Buchtel.

What to Bring

- All lacrosse equipment
- Warm clothes
- Good questions to ask the coaches and players

Need a ride?

Call or E-Mail Coach Ben to coordinate – 303-725-5500 /



DU Men’s Visit Information

September 1, 2015 3:27 PM

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Come meet the reigning National Champions!  On Monday, April 25 we will be visiting the University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse team.  City Lax participants will watch practice, meet the DU players and coaches, and take a special tour of the University campus.  This is a unique opportunity for City Lax participants to not only spend time with the best players and coaches in the country but also get a glimpse at what it takes to be a college student-athlete.


- Monday, April 25 from 4:30-6:00 PM
- Meet at 4:30 PM in stands at Barton Stadium


All City Lax Boys Participants.  Parents are also welcome to join.


- University of Denver, Peter Barton Stadium (MAP)
- We will be meeting in the stands at Peter Barton Stadium.


- Free Parking – Park on Franklin Street (4-5 block walk)
- Paid Parking – There’s paid street parking along Buchtel and in the parking lot in front of the Richie Center along Buchtel.

What to Bring

- Lacrosse stick
- Warm clothes
- Good questions to ask the coaches and players

Need a ride?

Call or E-Mail Coach Ben to coordinate – 303-725-5500 /

Click here to RSVP

2015 Season Banquet

August 24, 2015 8:37 PM


On August 17, 2015 Denver City Lax participants, families, coaches/volunteers, and supporters gathered at City Park Pavilion to celebrate the 2015 Denver City Lax Season.

At the Banquet, two participants were awarded with the City Lax SOAR Award, which is given each year to one, or two, individual in the whole organization who best embodies the mission and goals of the organization.  Congratulations Cole and Akeri – two amazing leaders and role models!


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Screen Printing Workshop

4:02 PM


Last week we took a group of kids to Ink Lounge to learn how to screen print our very own t-shirts.  The group learned everything from how to expose the screen print design to how to pull the ink onto the t-shirt.

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The screen printing workshop was not only fun but also brought out the kids’ artistic and entrepreneurial sides.

Thank you to Andrew Baker for helping setup the event and putting together some awesome T-Shirt designs.


Register for 2015 Fall Programs

August 17, 2015 1:56 AM



Fine tune your skills! Fall clinics will focus specifically on lacrosse fundamentals and shooting. Don’t miss this opportunity to get reps.

Dates: (5) Thursdays – 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15

Location: MLK Recreation Center

Times: 5:00-6:30 PM


  • Returning and new participants
  • Kindergarten-8th Grade
  • Boys and Girls



Make your Fall Break a productive one! Camp days will include skill specific lacrosse instruction, fitness, and games.

Dates: Monday, October 19 & Tuesday October 20 (DPS Fall Break)

Location: MLK Recreation Center

Times: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (8:30 AM Drop off)


  • Returning and new participants
  • Kindergarten-8th Grade
  • Boys and Girls




Backpacking & Camping Trip

August 6, 2015 7:45 PM

A group of five Denver City Lax participants went on a week long backpacking and camping trip on the Oh Be Joyful Trail near Crested Butte, CO.

City Lax partnered with Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization who specializes in outdoor wilderness expeditions for urban youth, in order to make the trip happen.



The 7 day trip combines a mentoring programming into an outdoor wilderness expedition where each member of the trip feels empowered.  Each participant is physically challenged, and mentally challenged to think critically about their community, responsibility, and their personal self-discovery.

Thank you to Big City Mountaineers and the amazing trip leaders (Mike Wagner, Phil Mesdag, Zach Taylor, Mike Reilly, and Dan Reilly) who made the trip a special experience!

Also, special thank you to Phil Mesdag for providing all of the great photos from the trip!

Thank you Daniels Fund

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

Thank you again to the Daniels Fund for their compassionate and generous support.

Warmest regards,

Denver City Lax staff and families

2015 City Lax Summer Academy

August 3, 2015 6:35 PM


We just wrapped up our first ever City Lax Summer Academy!

The camp was a six day, 5 night intensive lacrosse and leadership experience that included middle school boys and girls from Denver City Lax, and several other urban lacrosse programs from around the country.

Summer Academy took place at the base of the Flatiron Mountains on the beautiful CU-Boulder campus.  Participants were pushed to challenge themselves both on and off the lacrosse field.  Lots of daily lacrosse combined with enrichment activities introducing participants to new ways in reaching their individual potential.

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Outdoor experiences included a low and high ropes Challenge Course, requiring personal awareness, communication, teamwork and problem solving; and a mountain excursion to Lincoln Hills Cares near Nederland introduced participants to fishing, horseback riding and archery plus a hiking tour of this scenic property with historical African American roots.


Classroom sessions on Nutrition, the Growth Mindset and Building Character, had participants learn about and discuss fueling the body and mind, taking ownership of oneself, decision making, changing habits, and developing a willingness to risk new challenges and activities to stretch and expand existing knowledge and skills.  A college campus tour gave participants a first hand perspective of a university environment and a sense of what their academic and social lives might look like.


A major theme at Summer Academy was that everyone has the ability to grow and make positive changes.  The final evening on the lacrosse field CU head coach Ann Elliot helped sum up the necessary tools.  It takes a positive attitude, hard work and perseverance by never giving up to discover our interests and realize our individual talents.

Thank you to the amazing camp staff members and donors who made this camp possible!

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