The Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse is pleased to announce that the 2016 annual equipment and trainer grant program awarded $9,200 to Washington boys and girls youth and high school lacrosse programs.
Eleven programs across the state were the recipients of equipment grants and seven programs were awarded trainer grants. Communities with lacrosse programs receiving the grants included programs in Bellingham, Snohomish County, Olympia, Orting, Tri–Cities, Pierce County, King County, Vancouver and Seattle.
One of the most difficult components of starting a lacrosse program is acquiring equipment for players. Each year the Washington Chapter is able to provide financial support for equipment to new and developing programs, as well as supporting the growth of lacrosse programs in underserved communities. The equipment grants will help local families and programs with needed support in providing protective equipment for their children such as helmets for boys and eye-gear for girls along with sticks, gloves and pads.
The trainer grants are intended to encourage and support programs to ensure player safety. Many teams in Washington do not have the budget to afford athletic trainers for their games. US Lacrosse recognizes that player safety is a key to promoting the continued growth of the sport. The Washington Chapter has an established grant program to provide financial support for programs to have a certified athletic trainer attend their games.
“Regardless of financial circumstances it’s important that we do what we can to help in providing opportunities for young people and families to participate in lacrosse,” said Bruce Reid, president of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse.”
Since 2002, the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse has awarded 187 grants valued at over $124,000 to support boys and girls youth and high school lacrosse programs throughout Washington State.
Summary of programs receiving 2016 Chapter Grants: