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Emmett Lacrosse Receives First Stick Program Award

1 - Published September 19, 2012 by in High School, Lax Nation
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Recently US Lacrosse announced their 2012 First Stick Program Award Recipients (see announcement below). One of those lucky recipients was the lacrosse program out in Emmett, Idaho, led by Coach Cory.

We sat down with Coach Cory for a little quick hitter to find out a little bit more about what he is doing in Emmett to help build a lacrosse program and Grow The Game.

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Idaho Lax Reporter: What’s your lacrosse background like?

Cory: Until about two years ago, it was zero, but I didn’t live under a rock so I at least knew that it was played with a stick.

When did lacrosse first get to Emmett?

We first got lacrosse about two years ago.

What got you interested in applying for the First Stick Program through US Lacrosse?

About half of the kids we started out with are now 9th graders and I just couldn’t see just letting them not play next spring, so about a month and a half after the U15 season, I had some extra time on my hands. Spencer Young, the head coach at the time (who also introduced lacrosse to Emmett) needed to take some time off, so I stepped up. I got the word out about lacrosse as a whole through the Cherry Festival and the 4th Fireworks Show with booths and such.

When we found out about the First Stick Program, we were behind, but my wife and I handled the pressure well (her much better than I) and got it out on time. The application was really hard like the press release said, though it actually helped me form the team just by needing to answer the questions properly.

What has been the hardest part about building a program in Emmett? Especially considering the football mindset that reigns there.

It hasn’t been too hard but by no means has it been a walk in the park. I think football reigns supreme in America (watching Den/Oak right now) but in the Spring there is a void that lacrosse can, and does more than fill. People in Emmett and other communities are starting to see that.

In 2010, when Spencer Young formed the first team it was made of primarily one optimist football team (7th graders) with a few 6th and 8th graders. Moving forward one year we picked up four more of those younger kids and three more of the kids in 8th grade. Currently I am coaching a fall team on top of doing all of the announcing duties for the optimist and high school football team. In 2013 we have a JV high school team with 17+ kids, a U-15 team, and we are working with the Rec district to get the word out about U-13 and younger, as well as a Girls Youth League.

I think my involvement with youth football programs helps with lacrosse because it shows I’m not trying to take away from, or dethrone football in Emmett.

What are your goals with the program in Emmett and how will the First Stick Program assist in reaching them?

My goals are to build the youth program so the high school program has to work. That is both short and long term. The First Stick Program gives us the boost we need to get the high school program off the ground and the resources we need to sustain it in a state where the sport is not sanctioned or supported by public schools.

We applaud you coach, we love seeing new rural areas pop up with lacrosse! McCall, Emmett, what area is next?!

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US Lacrosse Announces 2012 First Stick Program Award Recipients
102 Teams in 31 States Receive Grants

BALTIMORE, Sept. 12, 2012 — US Lacrosse today announced that 102 teams nationwide have been awarded development grants through the 2012 First Stick Program.

This national US Lacrosse initiative is designed to deliver comprehensive resources, equipment, US Lacrosse membership and training for coaches to awarded teams. The program is geared for new and developing youth and high school lacrosse teams nationwide.

First Stick Program grant recipients now begin a two-year partnership with US Lacrosse, during which time the national organization will help to develop a self-sustaining lacrosse program that operates by US Lacrosse’s national standards and best practices. One of the program’s primary goals is to help break down the barriers to participation by providing free and/or discounted resources to new teams.

“We’re excited that teams from all over the country, including some areas where lacrosse is just beginning to appear, are among this group of award recipients,” said Morgan Cook, manager of the US Lacrosse First Stick Program. “We look forward to getting to know each of these new teams and partnering in their development over the next two years.”

Applicant groups were required to demonstrate a financial need and verify their status as a community based youth team or organization, or an elementary, middle or high school team in order to be considered.

“We congratulate each of these recipients because there was a very rigorous application and selection process for theprogram,” said Billy Hook, director of programs at US Lacrosse. “The benefits of this program are all encompassing and provide all the tools necessary to help new teams become truly self-sustaining.”

All told, 66 boys’ teams and 36 girls’ teams comprise the 2012 First Stick Program award group. The full listing of recipient teams is included below.

High School Boys
Millard North Mustangs – Omaha, Neb.
Starkville Storm – Starkville, Miss.
Dundee-Crown Lacrosse Club – West Dundee, Ill.
Dunlap Eagles Lacrosse – Peoria, Ill.
Scott County High School – Georgetown, Ky.
Eagles Lacrosse Club – Dayton, Ohio
Franklin Lacrosse Club – Franklin, Wis.
Blazers/Wauwatosa Lacrosse Club – Milwaukee, Wis.
St. Paul Catholic High School – Bristol, Conn.
Hermitage High School – Henrico, Va.
Chester Athletic Association – Chester, Va.
Hurricane High School – Culloden, W.Va.
Preston High School – Bruceton Mills, W.Va.
Panhandle Club – Hedgesville, W.Va.
Emmett Lacrosse Club – Emmett, Idaho
Billings Scorpions – Billings, Mont.
Rockledge High School – Rockledge, Fla.
Cooper City Cowboys Lacrosse Club – Cooper City, Fla.
Forsyth Face-Off Club – Cumming, Ga.
Lakeside Lacrosse Club – Atlanta, Ga.
Indian River – Ocean View, Del.
The Re-Education Foundation – Philadelphia, Pa.
North Pocono High School – Moscow, Pa.
Freedom Lacrosse Club – Easton, Pa.
Boston Latin School – Charlestown, Mass.
Winslow High School – Winslow, Maine
Norco High School – Norco, Calif.
San Diego High – San Diego, Calif.

Youth Boys
Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club – Saint Louis, Mo.
Omaha Lacrosse Club – Omaha, Neb.
Lincoln NE Lacrosse Club – Lincoln, Neb.
Berwyn Park District – Berwyn, Ill.
Bloomington Normal Warriors Lacrosse – Bloomington, Ill.
Norski Lacrosse Club – Sun Prairie, Wis.
MPS First Nations Studies Lacrosse Team – Milwaukee, Wis.
YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Siskey Branch – Matthews, N.C.
City of Easley Girls’ Rec Lacrosse – Easley, S.C.
North Attleboro Big Red Lacrosse – North Attleboro, Mass.
Brockton Middle School Athletics Program – Brockton, Mass.
KMS Lacrosse – Warren, R.I.
Prince George’s Pride – University Park, Md.
Charm City Youth Lacrosse League – Baltimore, Md.
Franklin County Lacrosse – Moneta, Va.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond – Richmond, Va.
Shenandoah County Sabers – Fort Valley, Va.
Preston Middle School – Bruceton Mills, W.Va.
Panhandle Lacrosse Association for Youth – Hedgesville, W.Va.
East High – Salt Lake City, Utah
Hoosick Falls Lacrosse Club – Hoosick, N.Y.
Brooklyn Battery – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Albany Recreation Lacrosse – Albany, N.Y.
Black Hills Lacrosse Association – Rapid City, S.D.
Sandpoint Lacrosse – Sagle, Idaho
South Bay Outlaws – Chula Vista, Calif.
East County Youth Lacrosse – La Mesa, Calif.
Oasis Academy Lacrosse – Fallon, Nev.
Georgetown Youth Lacrosse – Georgetown, Texas
Princeton Lacrosse – Bessemer, Ala.
Key West Youth Lacrosse League – Key West, Fla.
SoFlo Lacrosse – Miami Gardens, Fla.
Lincoln Middle School Lacrosse Club – Alachua, Fla.
Northwest Georgia Lacrosse Club – Dalton, Ga.
Greater Oconee Area Lacrosse – Athens, Ga.
Northeastern Youth Sports Association – Mt. Wolf, Pa.
Meadvill Crawford Lacrosse Club – Conneaut Lake, Pa.
Patriot Lacrosse – New Gloucester, Maine

High School Girls
Scott County High School – Georgetown, Ky.
Walled Lake Girls Lacrosse – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Eagles Lacrosse Club – Dayton, Ohio
Montville Lacrosse – Oakdale, Conn.
Hermitage High School – Henrico, Va.
Panhandle Club – Hedgesville, W.Va.
San Diego High School – San Diego, Calif.
T-Wolves Lacrosse Boosters – Miami, Fla.
Melbourne High School – Melbourne Beach, Fla.
Cooper City Cowboys Lacrosse Club – Cooper City, Fla.
Forsyth Central High School – Lawrenceville, Ga.
Rockledge High School – Rockledge, Fla.
Freedom Lacrosse Club – Easton, Pa.
Boston Latin School – Charlestown, Mass.
Governor Friendship Athletic Foundation – Belleville, Ill.

Youth Girls
Omaha Lacrosse Club – Omaha, Neb.
Champaign County Lacrosse – Mahomet, Ill.
City of Easley Girls’ Rec Lacrosse – Easley, S.C.
North Attleboro Big Red Lacrosse – North Attleboro, Mass.
Lowell Girls Lacrosse – Lowell, Mass.
KMS Lacrosse – Warren, R.I.
Prince George’s Women’s Lacrosse Association – Mitchellville, Md.
Charm City Youth Lacrosse League – Baltimore, Md.
Panhandle Lacrosse Association for Youth – Hedgesville, W.Va.
Rotterdam Warriors Lacrosse – Schenectady, N.Y.
Albany Recreation Lacrosse – Albany, N.Y.
San Marin Lacrosse – Novato, Calif.
North Tahoe Lacrosse – Tahoe City, Calif.
Georgetown Youth Lacrosse – Georgetown, Texas
Key West Youth Lacrosse League – Key West, Fla.
NCGL Youth Girls Lacrosse – Nashville, Tenn.
Columbia County Lacrosse Club – Bloomsburg, Pa.
Indiana Lacrosse Club – Indiana, Pa.
Meadville – Crawford County Lacrosse Club – Conneaut Lake, Pa.
YMCA of Indiana – Indiana, Pa.
Montville Lacrosse – Oakdale, Conn.

For more information about the US Lacrosse First Stick Program, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/FirstStick.

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