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A DECADE OF GROWTH AND BEYOND
Just twelve years ago, at the turn of the century, the ink was still drying on the incorporation papers of the South Carolina Chapter of US Lacrosse. Hilton Head High School had just completed it's first year of boys and girls lacrosse as the only high school lacrosse teams in the state, and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, in Columbia, was forming a boys team to compete in 2000. The Myrtle Beach Lacrosse Club (later to become the Socastee High School boys team) was incorporated in Dec 1999 and was to begin play in 2000.. The last twelve years have flown by, as all time seems to do, and we find ourselves entering our third year of high school lacrosse competition as a sanctioned high school interscholastic sport.
As we enter the 2012 year we feel proud of the fact that we have over 25 youth and recreation lacrosse programs; over 25 college and club lacrosse programs; 28 girls high school lacrosse teams and 32 boys high school lacrosse teams. Our chapter membership in US Lacrosse has gone from a couple of hundred to over 1300. There are over 700 men and women playing lacrosse in South Carolina's Colleges and there are over 2600 kids participating in the youth and high school programs. All in all we think that is pretty good growth in a state where lacrosse was virtually unknown 12 years ago and one in which we had to confront some negative attitudes. We feel it particularly interesting to note that more than 50 kids in the high school programs, in the last 5 years have received lacrosse scholarships to college and numerous others have received increased consideration because they have played lacrosse.
An old cliché goes: "Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow" Well, the little "Acorn" of a few people, in 2000, grew into a cadre of hundreds who volunteered with enthusiasm and dedication to provide the opportunity for kids of all ages to enjoy the exciting and fun filled game of lacrosse. Although we are grateful to all who have been part of our "crusade" we must give special thanks to all of our coaches, both past and present, who are on the front lines with our kids. They are the ones who are responsible for instilling the principles of good sportsmanship along with the X's and O's as all of us strive to "HONOR THE GAME".
We are excited to contemplate future growth as we continue to work to provide the lacrosse opportunity to all of the kids in South Carolina.
Yours in lacrosse
Hal Ness for the South Carolina Chapter of US Lacrosse