The Owensboro High School Boys Lacrosse team received a grant from US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. The First Stick grant, valued around $7000 provided 20 sticks, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads helmets, one goalie stick and one chest protector for the team.
This is the second major lacrosse grant Owensboro Public Schools received. Earlier this year, the Owensboro Middle School physical education department earned a Soft Stick grant providing supplies for gym classes.
“Given how new the sport is to the Owensboro area, the generosity of US Lacrosse in providing the Soft Stick grant to OMS and the equipment grant to OHS shows the commitment from US Lacrosse to expanding the game’s reach in Western Kentucky. OHS is proud to be at the front of helping the game grow in Western Kentucky and we hope other schools in Daviess County and the surrounding area will form teams to further that growth from youth levels all the way to the high schools,” said Matthew Madej, OHS lacrosse coach.
The purpose of the grant is to help expand participation in underrepresented regions and communities. According to US Lacrosse, the First Stick program seeks to expand participation beyond traditional boundaries and inspire kids to play hard, dream big and act responsibly.
“With the grant, we were able to reach out to those who can’t afford the equipment and further expand our program. This also provided a sense of unity throughout our team as it means the world to a young program," said Bryan Sapp, OHS lacrosse player.
“For some of us on the team, money is hard to come by and getting the grant allows all the players to play without having to worry about paying for the protective equipment,” said TJ Leach, OHS lacrosse player.
First game will be played May 7 against Boonville High School in Indiana.
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