ATL Lacrosse Impacts Youth

Erika Kooda | Spirit of Atlanta Media


The morning of April 22nd, 2018, Friends of Spirit, Atlanta Blaze, and US Lacrosse teamed up to host the fully-booked event “ATL Lacrosse.” The Sunday morning in Marietta was for kids 3rd-7th grade that had no prior lacrosse experience. They learned the rules of the game and history of the rapidly growing sport, then practiced throwing, catching, and drills with the help of high school players and coaches. Afterward, they were served lunch and had the opportunity to attend a professional lacrosse game where the Atlanta Blaze took on the Florida Launch at Fifth Third Bank Stadium while serving as the “tunnel” for the professional players to run through before the game.

ATL Lacrosse was free, including the lunch and Atlanta Blaze ticket. The 65 youth attendees also received medical training, a T-shirt, as well as a lacrosse stick and ball so they are able to continue to enjoy the sport with the right equipment

You may be asking – why lacrosse? A few years ago, the Friends of Spirit board of directors decided that when the time was right, the organization would branch out into the community in order to impact more youth in metro Atlanta outside of drum corps. After all, when you have a good thing going, you can’t limit it to just the few hundred who attend camps and the 154 who wind up on the field over the summer. ATL Lacrosse was the first in a line of events for Friends of Spirit to become more involved in the Atlanta area.

The partnership between Friends of Spirit and US Lacrosse have similar goals behind the ATL Lacrosse event – while Friends of Spirit is looking to positively impact more people outside of drum corps, US Lacrosse wants to bring more awareness about the sport to the Atlanta area. By getting these kids into a positive environment while keeping their minds out of trouble and focused on the growing sport, both organizations were able to foster a positive relationship and provide a day camp for youth.

Brandon Perkins, the director of the event, spoke highly of the partnership: “Friends of Spirit provided the infrastructure that made this reality. There is clearly a demand in the community for youth programs aside from the traditional school-sanctioned sports. We had the opportunity to introduce a ton of kids to a sport that they normally wouldn’t have come across anytime soon without the partnership with Friends of Spirit/Spirit of Atlanta.”

Friends of Spirit looks forward to becoming more active in the Atlanta community and partnering with other organizations.

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