During 2015 the Washington Chapter focused on delivering support to the local lacrosse community which aligned with the Chapter’s goals. The successful 2015 initiatives to meet its goals included:
This newsletter highlights the successes of the Chapter during 2015 and what’s on the horizon for 2016.
2015 GRANT SUPPORT
The most direct way the Chapter can support the community is through our Grant programs.
The Chapter is proud of its history in helping programs get off on the right foot and assisting developing programs to continue responding to growth in their areas. During 2015 the Chapter awarded a total of $11,200 in equipment and trainer grants to boys and girls youth and high school programs.
The financial resources for supporting our Grant programs come from Chapter hosted or sponsored local events, generous members of the local lacrosse community as well as some funding from US Lacrosse. Please consider a donation to the US Lacrosse - Washington Chapter to assist in the ongoing support of the growth and development of lacrosse in Washington. The Chapter is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. On-line donations can be made using the Click & Donate button on the Chapter website.
Additional information on the 2016 Chapter grant programs can be found here.
In 2015 Chapter grants were awarded to local constituent organizations for officials education and support, as well as player and coach support initiatives.
National Grant Programs
In addition to the 2015 Chapter grants program, the national office of US Lacrosse administer a number of grant programs. In 2015 several programs in the Washington Chapter region were awarded National Grants.
Information and resources for the USL National grant programs can be found on the US Lacrosse website.
During 2015, the Chapter organized, hosted or supported several education opportunities for coaches.
Your Chapter was one of three Chapters nationally to participate in the US Lacrosse “Train the Trainer” program in 2014. This has provided the Chapter with the flexibility to offer Level 1 and Level 2 certification clinics as needed locally.
Since the inception of the Chapter’s participation, the number of locally trained Level 1 and Level 2 coaches is well over 200. Several of the Chapter’s local coach trainers also supported the National hosted training clinics in other regions.
During 2015, the Chapter organized, hosted or supported several opportunities for players:
The Chapter has partnered with Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide team trainer services at an affordable price to any boys or girls programs in the service area of the hospital. The team trainer grant program is intended to help offset the cost of using the hospital’s trainer services.
Additionally, programs outside of Seattle Children’s Hospital service area are able to apply for Trainer Grants for qualifying trainer services in their area.
The primary focus of the Chapter’s communication activities and initiatives has been on growth of lacrosse and education about the game at all levels.
The Chapter has continued to maintain its multiple communication channels to keep the constituent lacrosse community and broader community informed on the Chapter and US Lacrosse activities and initiatives. T
Through the Chapter’s established sports information program over the past eight years, the Chapter has maintained an established channel for all sports media to keep lacrosse on the radar of the sports community in the state of Washington.
During 2015, in addition the the Chapter website the Chapter’s channels of communication have included -
LOOKING AHEAD – 2016
Looking ahead to 2016, the Chapter is busy planning the program and service needs to support the local lacrosse community. The Chapter programs and services in 2016 will include, among others –
As a Chapter we continue to look for ways to encourage more of our lacrosse community to recognize the value in giving back to the sport. One of the biggest needs for volunteers as a result of the growth of lacrosse in Washington is for more coaches and officials. These positions in particular play a key role in fostering the values and integrity important to the game of lacrosse.
In addition to the need for coaches and officials, there is always a need for volunteers at the Chapter level as well as at your local program level. Please consider contacting the Chapter to volunteer at a local Chapter event.
Thank you for your ongoing support for lacrosse as a fan, player, coach, official, or family member.
CHAPTER BOARD MEETINGS
In an effort to ensure that the Chapter’s local constituent groups have additional opportunities to stay informed on the activities of the Chapter, or participate as volunteers, the Chapter Board meetings are open to all members of US Lacrosse.
The Board meeting dates, time and location are posted to the Chapter website as far in advance as possible. The minutes of the Board meetings are posted to the Chapter website as timely as possible.