US Lacrosse has named Jacquelin ‘Jackie’ Pitts and Mat Levine as its inaugural recipients of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, recognizing outstanding career contributions and impact to the sport of lacrosse. Both winners were officially honored last Friday evening at the 2015 US Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore.
Pitts, who lives in Hockessin, Delaware, has a lifetime of experience that spans the entire spectrum of the sport: player, coach, educator, camp director, administrator and international pioneer for women’s lacrosse. A 1959 graduate of St. Lawrence (N.Y.) University, Pitts played club lacrosse for the Philadelphia Bandits and the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Association. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s Team and U.S. Reserve Team from 1964-74.
Following the conclusion of her playing career, Pitts served as the head coach of the U.S. women’s squad from 1979-87, winning the first World Cup in 1982. She is a past president and vice-president of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association (USWLA) and the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA). She was inducted to both the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 1983, and is an honorary member of the USWLA, the former IFWLA, and the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Association. She has been largely responsible for the growth of women’s lacrosse in both Japan and Czechoslovakia.
Levine, who lives in New York City, is founder and CEO of both the NYC Docs Youth Lacrosse organization and CityLax, Inc. Both organizations are dedicated to growing the game among all participants, regardless of ability. NYC Docs is the oldest and largest continuously operated youth lacrosse program in the five boroughs of New York City, and has served over 8,000 boys and girls since its inception in 1996.
CityLax, created in 2005, seeks to grow the game through a public-private partnership with the public school system and through alliances with community-based organizations. CityLax engages over 1,200 boys and girls annually through its varsity and junior varsity teams now represented in 44 high schools throughout all the boroughs. A 1974 graduate of Williams (Mass.) College, Levine has twice previously been honored as the Man of the Year by US Lacrosse’s Long Island Metro Chapter, and was recognized as US Lacrosse’s National Administrator of the Year in 2008. He has also been actively involved in US Lacrosse diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts for almost 10 years.
“Jackie and Mat are both well-known and highly-respected throughout the lacrosse community for their extraordinary contributions to our sport,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. “The common bond they share is their selfless dedication to expanding the sport, and it’s both a pleasure and an honor for US Lacrosse to recognize them as the inaugural winners of the Lifetime Achievement Awards.”
Primary criteria for Lifetime Achievement consideration include the following:
The US Lacrosse Men’s and Women’s Game Hall of Fame Subcommittees make the selections for the award, which must also be approved by the organization’s Board of Directors.
2014 CityLax Winter PSAL Player Clinics
Starting on the weekend of December 6th-7th, we will be hosting our winter clinics for the 9th consecutive year at one of our partner schools in each of the five boroughs. All PSAL boys and girls players are welcome to attend. Below, you will find everything that you need to know, including a list of all of the clinic locations, dates, and times.
All players interested in attending the clinics should register with us. As a bonus for registering, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of four lacrosse sticks. We will select two boys and two girls. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 2nd.
Register here: http://bit.ly/2014CityLaxWinterClinicPlayerRegistrations
Inclement Weather Procedure
With the exception of Forest Hills HS and Curtis HS, all of our clinic locations have gym access. If the weather forecast or existing conditions on the morning of the clinic indicate a question on whether or not we can play (severely cold temps, torrential downpour, lightning/thunder, and/or snow/ice on fields or roadways, the Staten Island Ferry is not running), we will use the following system to communicate a decision of “go” or “no go” at least 90 minutes before the clinic start time:
1) The CityLax Weather Hotline: (212) 613-5466
2) An announcement on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CityLax
In order to participate, each player will need a full set of equipment, and to have already turned in the following:
• PSAL Medical Form: http://bit.ly/PSALMedicalForm
• PSAL Parent Consent Form: http://bit.ly/PSALParentConsentForm
The Bronx: Christopher Columbus HS (2 new dates added!)
Brooklyn: James Madison HS
Staten Island: Curtis HS
Manhattan: Frederick Douglas Academy
Queens: Forest Hills HS
Please join us for our annual fall event at Professor Thom’s from 7pm-9pm on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.
Drinks and light food will be served.
We host this event each year in our efforts to recruit volunteers to work in CityLax programs that grow the game of lacrosse in New York City public schools and areas that have had little or no access to the game. If you are looking to join a growing lacrosse community that is focused on giving back to the game here in New York City (coaching, mentoring, organizing, and connecting), then we would very much like to meet you! If you are a returning volunteer, please join us to meet the newcomers.
Come hear what we have accomplished over the last 10 years and what’s in store for 2014-2015. We will have members of our CityLax Junior Advisory Board speak briefly about their experiences coaching and volunteering in our programs, and how we try to make the entire process volunteer-friendly. We will also preview our opportunities to get involved in the upcoming year, both in coaching at our free clinics and in areas such as marketing, fundraising, event management, etc.
If you cannot attend our October 29th event, click on the volunteer page, and sign up! Our director of operations will get right back to you.
Thanks in advance for helping us build our CityLax volunteer community and supporting our mission!
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2014CityLaxFallVolunteerEvent
The final tryout for the CityLax Rotten Apples fall boys tournament team is this Sunday from 10am-12pm at Cardinal Spellman HS in The Bronx.
Address: 1 Cardinal Spellman Pl, Bronx, NY 10466
Registration is mandtory: http://bit.ly/CityLaxFallBoys2014