BOISE, Idaho — Last year US Lacrosse awarded 869 grants totaling $2.38 million that went all across the country to help grow the sport of Lacrosse.
Idaho received $42,737 in grants and nearly 28,000 of that went to the Treasure Valley.
"Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports and the Treasure Valley is no exception," said Treasure Valley Youth Lacrosse League president Jennifer Graham. "It is one of the fastest-paced sports on two feet, it is one of the most exciting sports I have ever watched and as a mom of four I have seen a lot of sports.”
Tonight on Idaho News 6: Several lacrosse organizations in the Boise area are receiving grants valued at over $27,000 to help grow the game at a community level. Steve Dent will have more on the grants and how teams will be using them, tonight at 5. pic.twitter.com/ZBKDoR4hof— Idaho News 6 (@IdahoNews6) November 6, 2020
Lacrosse is a combination of several different sports including hockey, soccer and football, however, it is unique in its own way.
“What I like about lacrosse is just the contact and knocking people down, I love having the ball I like scoring," said a youngster named Cale Winslow. "It's very hard until you get the hang of it."
The grants help local organizations get equipment to kids, they fund local clinics and they also help train coaches and referees.
“Our mission and vision is to have lifetime engagement for kiddos," said Lyn Porterfield a regional manager for US Lacrosse. "We are trying to holistically have an impact on the whole community and we found the grant program is an awesome way to jump-start that.”
Here is a breakdown of where that money went and what it was used for.
Grant type - Organization name - Location - Grant retail value
TryLax clinic grant - Treasure Valley Youth Lacrosse League - Boise - $10,125 (clinic/equipment delivery delayed due to pandemic)
Automatic Emergency Defibrillator grant -Grizzly Select team of the Idaho Middle School Lacrosse Association - Meridian - $1,000 (equipment delivery delayed due to pandemic)
Automatic Emergency Defibrillator grant -Rocky Mountain Boys Lacrosse - Meridian - $1,000(equipment delivery delayed due to pandemic)
Automatic Emergency Defibrillator grant -Timberline Lacrosse Club - Boise - $1,000(equipment delivery delayed due to pandemic)
Physical education equipment grant -Future Public School - Garden City - $690
Boys and girls starter kit grants (two separate grants) -Meridian Middle School - Meridian - $4,680
Boys starter kit grants -Meridian High School Lacrosse Boosters Inc./BSU TRIO Upward Bound High School (summer program) - Boise - $2,340
Girls youth equipment grant -Timberline Lacrosse Club - Boise - $2,855 (equipment delivery delayed due to pandemic)
Girls high school equipment grant -Vallivue Ladies Lacrosse - Caldwell - $4,055