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- Lax4all Free Winter Clinic Series
Spring Clinics – FREE
Get a lacrosse stick in your hands for the first time, learn the fundamentals of the game, get great coaching, and develop a passion for the sport!
Free Winter Clinic Series - Dates, Times, Locations
Monday, March 7th - UB Elementary School Gym from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, March 14th - UB Elementary School Gym from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Lax4all looks to spread the game of lacrosse throughout Long Island and eventually the rest of the country. Using lacrosse as a foundation to building more than just athletes, the Lax4all program will better prepare its student/athletes in all phases of life.
In Spring of 2006, Mike Winkoff and Bob Jahelka started a non-for-profit lacrosse organization called For the Love of the Game (FLG). This program started with only one 8th grade boys travel team. That summer, Mike and Bob’s goal was to not only develop their player’s lacrosse abilities, but to also develop their player’s character. Starting in 2007, FLG expanded to having three travel boy’s team’s. FLG Lacrosse directors felt as though it was essential for their players to appreciate what they had in life. So, that winter, each FLG team was to adopt an underprivileged family for the holidays. On Christmas Eve, every player from each team went to their respective families homes to give them the Christmas they never had. Players and coaches decorated their homes, put gifts under their trees, and provided for a delicious Christmas dinner; giving these families a feeling of hope and joy. Giving back soon became a staple for the FLG organization. By 2009, FLG was determined to find a way to give back using the sport of lacrosse. Soon enough FLG enacted their Lax4all program. Lax4all had one simple goal in mind: spread the game of lacrosse. That year, FLG started youth PAL lacrosse in the town of Roosevelt, Long Island. Through generous donations from various sponsors, FLG was able to outfit these 3rd and 4th grade boy’s with equipment, apparel, and jerseys. Once equipped, FLG reached out to the Roosevelt community seeing if anyone wanted to help coach these boys. Of the few volunteers, none knew a thing about lacrosse. That winter, FLG players and coaches decided to hold indoor clinics and practices to not only educate the young Roosevelt players, but to also educate the novice volunteer coaches. By the spring of 2009, the first ever Roosevelt boy’s team was ready to compete in the Long Island PAL spring league. The Roosevelt boys started off slow and were clearly over-matched as they lost their first 4 games. However, by their fifth game the boys pulled off a miraculous 3-2 victory. The boy’s continued to improve each day, thus continuing to win games. The inaugural season for Roosevelt PAL ended with a 6 and 6 record; a truly unbelievable feat for a group of boys who only had lacrosse sticks in their hands for a few months. Win or loss, everyone who became a part of the Roosevelt program had a smile on their face and considered the season a success. By 2010, there were 2 Roosevelt PAL teams participating in the spring league, a third and fourth grade team and a fifth and sixth grade team. Also, Roosevelt lacrosse had expanded to the middle school level. With 1 boy and 1 girl team comprised of both 7th and 8th graders, Roosevelt’s youth laxers would be able to continue developing their lacrosse skills at the next level. FLG has just accumulated enough funding to start up Roosevelt lacrosse at the Junior Varsity Level. FLG started Roosevelt lacrosse from the bottom-up, with the hope that these children will get the chance to develop their skills at the same rate as the children from other towns on Long Island. Roosevelt is just one destination for the For the Love of the Game organization. Using the great game of lacrosse, FLG plans on using Roosevelt as a stepping-stone towards bettering the lives of many more children and teenagers across the country.