CityLax Board Member Britt Brown Featured in US Lacrosse Magazine BLAXERS BLOG: GOALIE TALK WITH BRITT BROWN, MIRA SHANE AND IMANI WEST
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH | 3:30 – 5PM
Gratefully, CityLax hosted three of the best players in world from the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) to deliver a free clinic at Harlem’s Pinkerton Boy’s and Girls Club. Kyle Harrison, Tom Schrieber and Matt McMahon. Three of the most decorated players at every level of the game, youth, high-school, top division one programs, the US National Team, and now as professional lacrosse players. They embody all that is good about this game both on and off the field, and their presence was a gift to all of our young CityLaxers. We are really excited about the PLL Assist outreach arm of the league with Kyle at the helm, and look forward the future clinics!
By Kathleen Parrish, LAFAYETTE COLLEGE MAGAZINE, FALL 2019
Imagine the composer Leonard Bernstein in khaki shorts and a ball cap on a high school athletic field in Brooklyn. Instead of using a baton to divine a Beethoven sonata from his wind, wood, and brass sections, our Bernstein, AKA John Moser ’83, is using a wooden staff with a netted pocket to produce something just as melodious from a bunch of teenage boys learning the game of lacrosse.
CityLax hosted two Free Lacrosse camps for boys and girls in July in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn. Students traveled as far as 2.5 hours in the heat to come and learn and play. We had 175 players join us in the heat as well as many volunteer alumni coaches from D1 and D3 programs. Everyone improved, had fun, and met some new friends!
Looking at a college or professional team–or even most high school teams–it’s easy to forget lacrosse’s Native American roots. But ask most people, and they’ll tell you that lacrosse is a “white person sport,” judging from the lack of diversity on the field. However, that’s a quality that is slowly but surely changing, due to the efforts of groups such as US Lacrosse, the NYC PSAL, and CityLax.
“The Bronx has never really been a hotbed for lacrosse players, but a lot has changed since I initially started playing lacrosse in the third grade. With the help of organizations like CityLax, the sport is growing tremendously in the schools and communities of the five boroughs.”
“When I first started playing, I could barely do a push-up or look someone in the eye,” said Khan, now a solid 5-foot-9, 185-pounder. “Now I have options and know that there are even more out there.”
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“We had a young lady, who is still in college now, who told us the story of her freshman and sophomore year in high school—she lived in a car for the first two years of high school. She’s now on a four-year scholarship to play college lacrosse.”
“Twelve years ago, only six high schools in the New York City Public Athletic League (PSAL) had varsity lacrosse teams — four in Staten Island. This was when Matty Levine, former All-American goalie at Williams College and passionate promoter of the game, started on his mission to spread the lacrosse gospel among public school and primarily minority youth.”
“In my life, I was so fortunate to have had coaches and teachers that gave me the gifts of lacrosse and a Williams education,” Levine said. “Everything I do involving lacrosse today is my way of trying to pass along these gifts to young people, so they may hopefully gain similar opportunities in life that I have had.”