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COACHES/PLAYER CLINICS
The PLA continually helps to sponsor and fund coach and player clinics throughout the region. Coaching clinics are held throughout the year at different locations within the region in order to better serve the lacrosse needs of our constituents. The following links are specific to certain age and gender groups. If you are interested in requesting assistance to host a clinic in your region, please contact the links listed below:

GIRLS YOUTH COACHING CLINICS: [ www.pagla.org ]
Director: maryfran.riffel@gmail.com


GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL COACHING CLINICS: [ www.paslax.org ]
President Lorraine Beers: lbeers10@gmail.com


BOYS COACHING CLINICS: [ www.eplca.org ]
Contact info: eplca2013@yahoo.com

Interested in setting up a clinic in your area? For information on funding and clinicians contact:
Laurie Markle [ laurie.markle@verizon.net ] or
Brooke Fritz [ bfritz24@verizon.net ]


Interested in hosting a clinic for players contact US Lacrosse for some of their resources?
www.uslacrosse.org
 
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INNER CITY PROGRAM
In the early 1990s, the PLA introduced lacrosse to four Philadelphia middle schools with the cooperation and support of the Philadelphia School District, the Philadelphia Department of Recreation and relevant community athletic associations. The programs featured academic and athletic development and a "stay in school" message. State grant funding through PennServe was secured to support academic and life-skills mentoring for "at risk" program participants, with mentoring provided by older students from Philadelphia area high schools. The mission was to partner with schools, promoters, the School District and others to teach the game of lacrosse and encourage and support positive youth development.

Current initiatives include those led by the Black Women in Sports Foundation, which is operated by former Temple coach and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member, Tina Sloan Green. These include an after school program at Martha Washington Elementary School (44th and Aston) and the Discovery School (50th and Parkside). The Physical Education Department at Martha Washington School also incorporates lacrosse into its curriculum. The Haverford College men's lacrosse team conduced a series of clinics in the spring and fall of 2005 for middle school students at Discovery Charter School. Haverford players report that the experience is very rewarding. The clinic sessions lasted about 90 minutes and consisted of rudimentary skill instructions and some scrimmaging, which gave the kids a feel for the fast paced action.
Nationally, US Lacrosse is increasingly allocating resources to promote the development of motivational programs targeted to reach "at risk" students, mostly those in an urban setting. Private corporations and foundations are increasingly interested in providing grant support for these initiatives, including United Parcel Service, which is supporting development of similar programs in Massachusetts on a state-wide basis. The PLA's Inner City Lacrosse Development Program of Philadelphia is part of the BRIDGE Initiative of US Lacrosse ("Building Relationships to Initiate Diversity, Growth and Enrichment"). The BRIDGE Program mission statement is as follows: "We work collaboratively to introduce and expand the sport of lacrosse in nontraditional and underserved communities to embody diversity of players, coaches, officials, and supporters. BRIDGE programs promote individual and collective growth of participants through instruction, opportunity and relationships consistent with the identities and needs of each community."

For more information on the PLA's Inner City Lacrosse Development Program, to get involved as a clinician, volunteer, promoter, Program Director, donor or to learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina Sloan Green (215-204-1949) or Chris Bates, Head Men's Coach at Drexel (215-895-1859). Donations may be sent to the PLA Inner City Program, c/o Steve Kotch, PLA Treasurer, 107 Steinbright Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426. Among other things, you or your company will be recognized as a PLA sponsor, thanks for your consideration.
 
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NEW START PROGRAM
The PLA's New Start Program provides technical and financial assistance to new lacrosse programs in our chapter area. New Start Program volunteers have worked diligently over the years to seed and cultivate youth, middle school and high school programs and the formation of leagues.

The number of boys and girls youth programs have grown dramatically since the first youth leagues were formed in the 1970s. At the high school level, the number of schools fielding varsity or club interscholastic teams has almost tripled just in the last decade, giving the region the distinction of being regarded as an emerging men's and women’s lacrosse hotbed.

The recent growth of the game at all levels represents, in part, the evolution of a process set in motion by the PLA, US Lacrosse and its predecessors - the USWLA and the Lacrosse Foundation. PLA has helped numerous programs over the years from the youth level through new high school programs. The PLA has also provided grant support to the Philadelphia School District in connection with its Middle School Lacrosse Initiative.
The New Start Program can provide information and other guidance, grant support and instant networking opportunities to anyone in our chapter territory interested in seeing lacrosse (whether boys or girls, youth, middle school or high school), develop in their area. To start the process, click here to download the New Start Grant Application Form; complete it and send it to Laurie Markle, New Start Chair: 2904 Pheasant Run Road, Audubon, PA 19403 or email the form to Newstart@palacrosse.com.

New programs should also explore obtaining new start equipment grants from US Lacrosse to help their programs get started. For more information, click here.

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HEADstring PROGRAM
The HEADstrong Foundation™ and Philadelphia Lacrosse Association have partnered on an initiative called the HEADstring™ Project. This initiative allows donated sticks to be refurbished and restrung by volunteer student athletes using HEADstrong’s signature lime green mesh. Once completed, the sticks will be distributed to recipients in connection with the PLA’s “New Start” initiatives in inner city programs.

The objective of the HEADstring™ Project is to infuse the values and positive message associated with the HEADstrong Foundation™, while helping to introduce the game to inner city students. The project seeks to inspire students by sharing the story of HEADstrong founder, Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori.

For anyone looking to get involved with the project and volunteer, please visit the registration page of headstringproject.com. For those interested in receiving assistance through the project, please visit the New Start page under the Programs tab. You can also email Newstart@palacrosse.com for more information about assistance with beginning new programs.
 
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CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
US Lacrosse and the PLA provide scholarships to help boys and girls attend lacrosse camps over the summer. High School students who are interested and have a financial need should see their high school coaches for a form. The Application is below and can be completed by students but should be signed by a coach. For information regarding scholarships for high school players, contact Jim DeRose or Laurie Markle. Please also see the list of area camps and clinics that are listed on our site or the USL website for more information and the names of contact persons. Players can also apply to USL for additional grants and scholarships.