Twelve youth and high school lacrosse programs across Washington state have been awarded $7,000 in lacrosse equipment as apart of an annual grant program of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse.
A pair of youth lacrosse players cut and dodge on the sidelines of a boys high school state tournament game last spring in Seattle. (Photo: Michael Jardine)
Communities with lacrosse programs receiving the grants, each valued at nearly $600, include Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Sequim, Tacoma, Bellingham, Vashon Island, Stanwood and Edmonds.
The grants will help local families seeking assistance in providing protective equipment for their children such as helmets for boys and eye-gear for girls along with sticks, gloves and pads.
“Regardless of financial circumstances it’s important that we open doors for young people and families to participate in youth sports and get in the game,” said Dave Low, president of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse. “We’re excited to help local clubs and youth sports organizations jump start lacrosse in their communities.”
Since 2002 the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse has awarded 149 separate equipment grants valued at $96,950 to jump-start boys and girls youth and high school lacrosse programs throughout Washington state.