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“Their boys’ varsity coach, Barney


Rich, and girls’ varsity coach, Mark Hall, have been like family to us,” Smith said. “Some of the boys from the Coral Shores team came down to Key West to help with a few of our free clinics.” Rich also runs the non-profit organization, Believe Lacrosse. “It just made sense for us to be at Key


West and to help them out,” he said. “The players we take down to Key West get a lot more out of the experience than they put into it.” Said Luce: “Barney is like a mentor.


It’s great to be able to pick his brain.” Luce, Smith and others are already


talking expansion. Luce’s goal is to have a high school team in 2015 at Key West High, while Smith talks about bringing new events to the island. “Key West is a melting pot of people from


different countries and backgrounds,” she said. “Our island would be a wonderful location to host lacrosse tournaments. It’s a beautiful destination with much to offer — fishing, diving, historical landmarks, museums, sun.” And now, lacrosse. LM


A Publication of US Lacrosse


The Key West Youth Lacrosse League launched in 2012. Boosted by a US Lacrosse First Stick Program grant, it’s the southernmost home of youth lacrosse in the continental U.S.


USLACROSSE.ORG The First Stick Program is the


ultimate grassroots initiative for new and developing youth (U19) lacrosse teams. Designed as a two-year partnership between US Lacrosse and awarded teams, First Stick will deliver comprehensive US Lacrosse team development resources — such as equipment, USL membership and coaching education — to expand participation and help create self-sustaining programs. 2014 First Stick applications are now being


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