You know, as an adult it is really special to see kids receive an opportunity to experience new things for the first time. And it really validates those that work their tails off to give kids these opportunities, when they see the kids themselves begin to thrive in their new surroundings.
I have always believed that lacrosse is very cultural. What I mean is that lacrosse is still unfortunately for us, not a truly mainstream sport. And it may never be. It is growing sure, but Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, and Soccer still drown out lacrosse in numbers.
But for most (including me), once you play and get involved, you are addicted. And I mean addicted for life. A true lacrosse person becomes a part of that culture. A culture that knows this is the best game that was ever created. Somewhere many, many years ago, a group of people helped me and a number of other young kids here in Whitby get in to this culture. So when I have the chance now, I do what I can to help spread the gospel, and I’ve done so for close to 20 years now.
About 4-5 years ago, a group of volunteers across the Province decided to take the message of our game to a whole new audience. Young girls. Yeah, sure, why not? Girls have always played lacrosse, just not in the numbers that boys have. But why? I believe partly because girls have always had to play on boys teams. That could be a little intimidating to say the least.
But I also believe it is because the game was never promoted to girls like it has been to boys. Well that is changing. With a growth spurt being experienced in those 4-5 years, lacrosse is becoming a bigger game now for girls as well.
At the OLA semi-annual convention a number of weeks back there were a couple of young ladies that spoke about lacrosse and how they got involved. I was able to get a copy of their comments, and I really want you to listen to the passion in their voices when they speak on the game. Their comments are very telling. If this message can reach other young ladies, this game and the numbers of girls that play it could very well one day rival the boys.
The first young lady is Jessica Kras. Jessica plays girls Intermediate lacrosse for Burlington. A long time Soccer player, Jessica has hung up the Soccer cleats for her new favorite sport:
The second speaker is Gracie Sykes. Gracie plays girls lacrosse for Hamilton. Gracie thought while watching her brother play that she would never do this. But when the girls program started, she got involved and like so many others is now hooked.
It is time. It is time for this game to be opened up to any and every young girl out there that wants to experience it with other girls. So let’s get this message out so that these kids can experience what so many boys have for so many years.
And to prove to you that I am putting my money where my mouth is; I am helping Coach a girls team here in Whitby this year. And it has been very interesting so far. Unlike a lot of (not all) boys at the Bantam age, they do not know everything about everything, they are not stars in the making, and they really want to learn and get better. But I was quite shocked, and it is starting to get a little frustrating; when I hear “sorry” so many times after a bad or missed pass.
Yeah, it will take me a while…..
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