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.
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!
If you would like your participant to go to camp this summer, you will need to fill out this form. Summer Camps are open to current City Lax participants.
All camps are organized and run by private businesses, and take place on different dates throughout the Summer. Most are 3-4 days between 8AM – 5PM; however, some are overnight.
Scholarships to summer camps will be determined by:
2015 Spring Attendance
Spring Progress Reports
The opportunity to attend a summer lacrosse camp is contingent on the participant’s accountability to attend camp each day, and be a GREAT representative of the organization. The majority of these camp spots are extended to City Lax at no cost, so it is important for us to send participants who will be ambassadors for the organization.
Write a brief thank you letter to the camp
Be at camp everyday, and early
Be respectful to coaches and other campers
Display upmost sportsmanship
Say “hello” and “thank you” with a handshake everyday to the coaches and directors
Make new friends
Always work hard
We will do our best to offer at least one potential camp date to each participant who meets the above requirements. If the date offered does not work, we will try to find another, but can not guarantee it.
We caught up Denver City Lax Alum Jada Bonner who’s in her freshman year at Regis University. We wanted to find out a little about her life as a college student. The following questions were answered by Jada.
What is your daily routine?
Generally I wake up (around 7:00 AM) , get breakfast, go to class, and go to work. I work for a community based work-study on campus called Father Woody’s. After work I go to another class, then over to lacrosse practice. After practice I get dinner with the team, and finish the day with study hall or down time in my dorm.
What’s your favorite class, and why? What majors are you interested in?
My favorite class is Accounting. There’s some other classes I’m excited to take in the future, like Spanish, Philosophy and few other things. I’m interested in majoring in Accounting or Finance.
What’s your favorite thing about college? Favorite thing about playing lacrosse at Regis?
My favorite thing about college is the freedom I have. It’s a big responsibility and it can feel overwhelming at first, but I’ve come to enjoy and embrace it.
My favorite thing about playing lacrosse at Regis is having a team that always has my back. Committing to this team has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Do you have any free time? What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I do get some free time. My favorite thing to do in my free time is usually hang out with friends and teammates, or relax and take a nap.
What suggestion, or life lessons that you’ve learned, do you have for younger City Lax participants?
A suggestion for younger City Lax kids is to learn how to reflect on yourself and your actions/behavior early. Whether good or bad, it’s important to learn how to look in the mirror in order to grow into who you want to be. It’s hard to do initially. You can start by writing down weekly reflections.
The 2015 Denver City Lax Spring Season is underway! Returning and new participants filled the field.
There’s always a lot of energy on the field during the first week of practice, and this year was no different. Returning players picked up right where they left off and helped set the example for the new participants who just picked up a stick for the first time.
This Spring Denver City Lax will field a total of 11 teams (7 boys and 4 girls) between the 2nd grade and 8th grade age levels.
We are fortunate to have a coaching staff that we feel rivals any youth program in the country. The volunteer coaching staff is made up of professional lacrosse players, Tewaaraton finalists, All-Americans, and just some flat out awesome coaches. With nearly 50 full time coaches there’s an excellent coach to player ratio which helps make sure kids get as much individual instruction as possible.
With the energy displayed by kids, families, and coaches the 2015 season is sure to be a great one. Stay posted for weekly updates including pictures of our Parent 101 Lacrosse Clinics and Equipment pass out.
The United Club Level at Sports Authority Field at Mile High once again provided a tremendous venue for the Denver City Lax Mile High Gala.
A sold out room of over 400 supporters gathered on February 18 to celebrate kids in Denver City Lax and assist in providing educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in under-served Denver communities through the sport of lacrosse.
The Mile High Gala has become the local lacrosse event of the year bringing together individuals from all affiliations acting in unison to grow the game by providing opportunity and access for Denver area urban youth. The evening featured a cocktail and dinner hour, silent auction and special appeal. Presenters included six-time NCAA championship and current University of Denver head coach Bill Tierney, DU and World Games gold medal winning coach Matt Brown, and Denver Outlaw president Mac Freeman, as well as 8th grade City Lax participant Cole Finley-Ponds.
We want to thank the Colorado lacrosse and business communities for helping Denver City Lax provide resources to kids in urban Denver neighborhoods! We also want to recognize this year’s sponsors: The Denver Outlaws, Team 180, Boom Town Lacrosse and the Denver Lacrosse Club.
For the third straight year we partnered with SOS Outreach to take two separate groups of Denver City Lax participants skiing. All but just a few of the kids had never been skiing before. These ski trips are one example of the different enrichment opportunities that City Lax participants are able to take advantage of.
Thank you to SOS Outreach, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and our awesome ski instructors!