March 20, 2014 6:10 PM
The University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse team and coaching staff spent Wed, March 19 running the Denver City Lax practice.
It was a special opportunity for all the City Lax participants to have the DU Coaching Staff (Bill Tierney, Matt Brown, Dylan Sheridan, and Frank Abruzzini) and their team of 40+ players leading instruction.
Coach Tierney kicked off the practice by addressing an attentive group of City Lax participants about the importance of education, working hard, and striving to be a good person and teammate.
The City Lax teams then split up into five groups and Coach Matt Brown got things heated up with some ground ball and stick work fundamentals. The DU players worked with each group individually and provided one-on-one instruction.
The enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. Looking around the field, it was hard to tell who was enjoying the experience the most – the DU players, City Lax families, or City Lax players. It had to be the City Lax players though, this was an experience they won’t forget.
Thank you to the DU Men’s Lacrosse team for taking the time to bring a new level of excitement to the Denver City Lax kids and families! Our City Lax participants are now able to look up to them not only as lacrosse players but also individuals and mentors.
March 18, 2014 8:50 PM
- Dillon Roy and Eric Law teaching the fundamentals
We had a large group group of excited parents out to our second Parent Lacrosse 101 clinic of the 2014 season.
Everyone who participated had a great time. There were a lot of smiles. There’s something about getting a lacrosse stick in your hand that puts a big smile on your face!
And these were some of the luckiest parents ever… They had two professionals (Dillon Roy and Eric Law) teaching them the fundamentals.
The goal is to get as many parents, and family members, familiar with the sport of lacrosse as possible. Lacrosse is a new sport to many. If parents are familiar with the game, they will be more educated fans and feel more connected to what their son/daughter is taking part in.
For years we’ve passed out rule books and expected everyone to fully understand the sport. This year, we figured the best way to teach the parents the game is to get a stick in their hand and start with the fundamentals (catching/throwing and ground balls).
We finished off the clinic by going through some rules and answering questions.
It was a great day for expanding the game of lacrosse and educating fans.
March 17, 2014 1:30 AM
- Coach Bill Tierney, University of Denver Men’s Head Coach and City Lax Board of Director, addresses attendees.
On February 26, 2014 City Lax supporters descended on Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the 2014 Denver City Lax Mile High Gala.
The United Club Level at Sports Authority Field at Mile High provided a tremendous venue, and the room filled with about 300 old and new friends. What made it an even more special night is that we celebrated the first City Lax participants going off to college.
The night made it possible for City Lax to continue to build a youth development organization that works to create educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in underserved Denver communities through the sport of lacrosse.
We owe the Colorado lacrosse and business communities our thanks for providing resources to kids in urban Denver neighborhoods! We also want to recognize this year’s sponsors: The Denver Outlaws and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Boom Town Lacrosse, Denver Lacrosse Club and Pura Vida Fitness and Spa.
Thank you to Edward DeCroce Photography (http://www.decrocephotography.com/) for the great images!
March 16, 2014 9:00 AM
After a long fall and winter of fundraising, the season is finally here! It’s crazy to think I just finished my first weeks of coaching with City Lax after being on board since September. What a thrill it was to finally be out on the field with all of the participants and working on the fundamentals.
I know I wasn’t the only one excited for practice. The energy the kids had at practice was phenomenal and for the most part they were all working extremely hard. I was personally very impressed with the attitudes the players presented. If that passion and energy can hold up the entire season, it will be a great season!
New U-9 participant after getting his first lacrosse equipment
Although I love coaching and teaching lacrosse to our players, the most exciting thing for me to be a part of at the start of the season was the equipment distribution. The smiles and excitement in their eyes to get their very own pads was something I have never experienced. It brought me back to the day I got my very own pads which is still one of my favorite memories I have!
Parent Lacrosse Clinic
Next to the equipment distribution, the parent clinic was the next best thing. To get sticks in the parents hands and let them experience first hand at catching, throwing and picking up ground balls with both hands was a learning experience for all involved. I don’t think the parents realized how hard the fundamentals can be! The feedback from the parents was great and I think it helped them understand the rules and game greatly. It is our goal to have the most educated sideline in the state!
Still being fresh to the program, I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone involved in City Lax!
- Eric Law
February 24, 2014 5:08 PM
We’re excited for the big event this Wednesday, February 26 in the United Club Level at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Below are the event details. Feel free to call or E-Mail with questions.
Ben Allison – email@example.com or 303-725-5500
Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner buffet & Silent auction
Cocktails & socializing
Check out & Good evening!
Get ready to check out some great auction items
Staff Favorite: Signed Peyton Manning Jersey
At check in you will be assigned a bidder number that will identify you if you choose to bid in the auction or special appeal.
PARKING & ENTRANCE
February 10, 2014 5:34 PM
Colorado high school lacrosse players hailing from various schools came together on February 9, 2014 to participate in a 5K race and raise over $22,000 for Denver City Lax. The event was the first annual Denver City Lax Dash, and was hosted by the Valentine Day 5k Washington Park Run.
The Colorado lacrosse community knocked it out of the park for Denver City Lax. The Dash was the most successful non-profit fundraiser attributable to high school lacrosse players in Colorado lacrosse history!
Prior to the race the high school runners reached out to donors requesting support in their run for Denver City Lax.
The top fundraising group was Regis Jesuit High School. They raised over $8,500 for Denver City Lax. The top three individual fundraisers were 1. Dylan Johnson (Cherry Creek), 2. Mac Mease (Colorado Academy), and 3. Broderick Vitale (Cherry Creek).
Numerous other students helped made the event a success. This event happened solely because of the hard work and generosity of these young Colorado HS student athletes and those who supported their efforts. The Colorado Lacrosse community should be proud!
Participating High Schools:
All donations from the Dash help Denver City Lax offer all programming at no cost to participants to remove any barrier that might hinder opportunity and access. The spring youth lacrosse league is the organization’s centerpiece, and each year more activities are offered throughout the year to include the opportunity to play on tournament teams, attend summer camps, study at leadership training camps, travel to the mountains for summer and winter activities, mentorship, and assistance with academic guidance.
January 21, 2014 3:32 PM
We are thrilled to announce the first annual Denver City Lax Mile High Gala at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on February 26, 2014.
The night will bring together a group of business, lacrosse, educational, and community leaders celebrating the first class of outstanding City lax graduates entering college in the fall of 2014.
Take in the unique setting and ambiance of the United Club Level while enjoying an open bar, hors d’ouevres, and both live and silent auctions.
Hear presentations from our Keynote Speaker, Bill Tierney (University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Coach), and City Lax participants on their involvement.
All proceeds will support our mission to create educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in underserved Denver neighborhoods through the sport of lacrosse.
September 1, 2013 5:06 AM
DENVER, CO, September 23, 2013 - Denver City Lax announced today that Eric Law has been hired as a Program Manager for the 2013-14 season. Denver City Lax is a sports-based youth development organization creating educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in underserved Denver neighborhoods. The program has introduced lacrosse to thousands of youth, and currently serves over 200 students in the metro area at no cost to participants.
“We’re thrilled to add Eric to our staff,” said Executive Director, Rod Allison. “He is highly thought of both locally and nationally, and has a wealth of lacrosse knowledge to go along with a great work ethic. We think Eric can make an immediate impact, and assist Denver City Lax in our next phase of growth.”
Law grew up in Littleton, CO and attended Arapahoe High School where he led his team to their first state championship in 2009. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Denver where he served as a captain under Bill Tierney, and helped lead the Pioneers to the NCAA Final Four. While at DU, Law accumulated 152 career points and was named a USILA Scholar All-American & Honorable Mention All American.
“I am excited to join Denver City Lax where I have the opportunity to give back to the sport that has given me endless amounts of possibilities,” said Law. “I am proud to be a part of an organization that is about more than just sports.”
Law currently plays Major League Lacrosse for the Denver Outlaws where he finished a record setting rookie season. The Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League made Law the 28th overall selection in the NLL draft, and he was also named to the USA national team’s 52-player training roster.
Law will be joining University of Denver alumni and fellow Denver Outlaw Dillon Roy in working with Denver City Lax. Roy has played an instrumental role with the youth organization for several years as a volunteer, coach, mentor and board member.
“It’s our goal to involve the best possible people in our organization, and we are lucky to have people like Eric and Dillon on board,” said Allison. “They are not only two of the best lacrosse players ever from the state of Colorado, but more importantly, they are passionate about using lacrosse to make an impact in young kid’s lives.”
For additional information, please contact Denver City Lax at 303-725-5500, or visit their website atwww.citylaxdenver.org.
July 10, 2012 4:28 AM
Six Denver City Lax middle school participants and two coaches are spending the week at New Hampton School in New Hampshire at MetroLacrosse’s overnight SummerBounce camp experience. SummerBounce, established in 2001 by MetroLacrosse, is hosted at a rural site with the goal of encouraging youth to step outside their comfort zone and take on new experiences. SummerBounce brings 100 youth and adults together from different cities across the country. Campers learn to work together through a combination of lacrosse skill sessions, games, ropes course activities, teambuilding initiatives and workshops and leadership training. High school age Denver City Lax players will attend a second session of SummerBounce in August.
Thanks to MetroLacrosse and the Mikel Olson Foundation for making this experience possible for Denver City Lax.