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Why Lacrosse?

  • Considered to be America’s first sport, lacrosse was invented by Native Americans, christened by the French and perfected by Canadians
  • Lacrosse is an exhilarating, fast-paced sport that includes elements of basketball, soccer and hockey. It requires and rewards coordination and agility – not brawn. Quickness and speed are two of the most highly prized qualities in lacrosse players

  • Boys and girls of all ages and athletic abilities can play lacrosse indoors or out – with no dedicated field or special structures required

  • Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the US and the fastest-growing sport at the NCAA level. According to the US Lacrosse Organization, there are nearly 680,000 participants in 2011. 275,000 participants are involved in high school teams in the US

  • Sports Illustrated Journalist Alexander Wolff said, “As parents discover that lacrosse is more exciting than soccer, cheaper than ice hockey and not as dangerous as football, the game is getting a closer look.”

  • S2S hopes that once kids get interested in a sport, they will continue to enjoy being active and playing lacrosse after school, in local clubs or as a school sport

“More than 60,000 children at 130 schools have participated in the S2S program. That’s quite an achievement for a young nonprofit. The advantages of being fit extend to all aspects of a child’s life and we are determined to keep physical activity a part of their school day.”

— Denise Watkins, Vancouver Stealth Owner & S2S board member

“The Sticks-2-Schools program has really helped our kids understand the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle.  Having a professional athlete serve as an instructor really has an impact.  The players and staff are fantastic to work with and the Boys & Girls Club will continue to grow with Sticks-2-Schools.”

—Boys and Girls Club Athletic Director, Erin Thomas

“I have been thinking about joining lacrosse. Well, you guys made my decision final…Yes! It is way better than baseball! Please come again!”

— Student from California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif.

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