Each year US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, chooses a city or region to bring its Fast Break Initiative to. The Fast Break Initiative, a program started in 2005, infuses a city with lacrosse resources, training and events to help build a solid foundation for the sport to flourish in the area. It is one of US Lacrosse’s most popular and influential programs. This year, US Lacrosse has named three cities that it will infiltrate with a host of US Lacrosse programs and services – Kansas City, San Diego and Phoenix.
“We’re excited to be able to bring our Fast Break Initiative to three cities this year,” said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development. “This is one of our most impactful programs that US Lacrosse offers. We’ve been able to introduce lacrosse to thousands of players, parents, coaches, officials and administrators since the program’s inception. We’ve got some great events planned for 2010 and have been working closely with the wonderful chapter volunteers in the three regions.”
In Kansas City, US Lacrosse wrapped up its Coaching Education Program Level 1 clinic in February where over 60 local coaches attended the clinic and had the opportunity to earn Level 1 coaching certification. US Lacrosse will be back with the Great Plains chapter for a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double Goal Coach workshop in August and a men’s and women’s officials’ clinic later in the fall.
US Lacrosse will join forces with the San Diego chapter in June to offer a Coaching Education Program Level 1 clinic, in conjunction with PacificXPOSURE, a youth lacrosse tournament. Then, US Lacrosse will be back in San Diego for an inner-city youth lacrosse clinic in the fall.
Finally, the Arizona chapter and US Lacrosse will partner up in Phoenix for a girls’ lacrosse youth clinic in conjunction with the US Lacrosse Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) National Championships, May 3-8. Later this fall, US Lacrosse will bring a Coaching Education Program clinic and an officials’ clinic to the region. Plus, the U.S. men’s national team will offer a player clinic in November.
Past Fast Break Initiative cities include: New Orleans (2005), Las Vegas (2006-07), Birmingham, Ala. (2008), Roanoke, Va. (2009) and Chicago (2009).
Interested cities and towns can apply to get the Fast Break Initiative in their region by contacting their local chapter (http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav/Chapters/USLacrosseChapters.aspx) or emailing Sarah Newman, manager of programs and grants at US Lacrosse (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.