City Lacrosse coach Devins Arkison reports that City Lacrosse is fielding a high school team for the first time this season. Comprised entirely of freshmen this year, “The First” was also the first team to win a tournament game in City Lacrosse history. Pictured from left to right above are members of The First: Johnny Anariba, Timmy Bush, Michael Richardson ( kneeling) Estevon Jackson and Matthew Medina.
“Several of the boys pictured here have been the backbone of the program from year one,” Arkison explained. “Although they are low on numbers, they do not lack an intense enjoyment is a quest to be THE FIRST…..”
About City Lacrosse
City Lacrosse was founded in August of 2014 with the goal of creating meaningful lacrosse experiences for the children of South LA by David O’Connor and Mike Levin. Having moved from Boston, where he served as President and CEO of the non-profit organization, MetroLacrosse; Mike brought with him a wealth of experience in lacrosse, education, urban-youth-development and non-profit management. Driven by his passion for the game and for philanthropic endeavors, David teamed up with Mike to launch a brand new sports-based youth development organization.
In the fall of 2014, City Lacrosse developed its first school partnership with the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) network of charter schools. After much consideration, the organization launched a pilot program for 6th grade students in each of the 5 ICEF middle schools. To enroll students in this pilot, after-school program, City Lacrosse conducted lacrosse units in the PE departments of each school, eventually resulting in the first ever City Lacrosse Spring Season.
City Lacrosse later launched new partnerships with John Muir Middle School, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to add program additional program sites in South LA and Compton. In addition to their Spring Season, they also run a series of clinics each fall, a tournament team in June and an overnight camp in July. In 2015/2016, City Lacrosse served over 250 participants.
To learn more about City Lacrosse visit https://www.citylacrosse.org/