BALTIMORE, Feb. 16, 2012 - US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, announces the addition of the newly-created Arkansas chapter to its network of regional chapters. The new chapter will provide programs, services and leadership to the lacrosse community in the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as Southern Missouri. The chapter is based in Bentonville, Arkansas, with an executive board that has representation from each of the regions within its geographic footprint.
"We’ve partnered together to bring greater exposure to the game," said Dacia Boehmler, president of the chapter. "We’ve bought into the idea of being one team for the love of the sport."
Club leaders in Northwest Arkansas, Little Rock and Edmond, Oklahoma spearheaded the move to create the newest USL chapter in hopes that greater resources would assist each of them in tackling some of the same challenges.
"The more we can collaborate with others, the faster we’re going to grow," said Boehmler. "We have an amazing opportunity to get people involved in the sport."
"We are excited to see the rapid growth and development of lacrosse in the Deep South region," said Lindsay Comodore, US Lacrosse’s chapter relations manager. "US Lacrosse is committed to providing resources and assistance to our very dedicated volunteers in the newly established Arkansas Chapter."
The chapter's provisional year is from January 1, 2012 until January 1, 2013, after which, it will assume full chapter status. During its provisional year, the Arkansas Chapter will look to identify lacrosse players, coaches and officials that have moved to within the chapter’s region, but don’t know that the sport is available. A few of the chapter’s goals include: hosting US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program clinics, officials’ and umpires’ education clinics and integrating lacrosse into the physical education school curriculums.
With the addition of the Arkansas chapter, US Lacrosse has 64 regional chapters serving 43 states and the District of Columbia. Each chapter exists to provide US Lacrosse programs and services to its local members and non-members and an opportunity to connect with other lacrosse enthusiasts in the area.