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“Without this grant, my students, no matter how interested in lacrosse, wouldn’t have been able to afford the equipment,” Utsler said. During a dedication for the school on Feb. 14, featuring players from both teams wearing their new equipment, current and former governors, along with city and business leaders across the state, including U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, offered their support. “It’s a really big deal,” Utsler said. “I love bringing in a sport like this into the area because I’m from the Kansas City area, which is a melting pot of different people coming in from all over the world, and the same thing happens here. A lot of people that come here have played lacrosse growing up, so we have a base of people that are interested in the sport.” Utsler plans to work with the


LOCALLY GROWN ST. LOUIS


Former Syracuse and U.S. U19 standout Josh Amidon and Onondaga Redhawks player Wade Bucktooth shared the sport’s spiritual meaning with a group of area box lacrosse players.


HEARTLAND


The chapter has been focused on growing the game within local schools by supporting Soft Stick grants, with a PE workshop and Learn to Play clinic scheduled for fall 2017.


NORTH TEXAS


Chapter leaders will be on hand Aug. 19 for the MLL championship game at Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.


HOUSTON


Anyone in the area can join the chapter at its annual NCAA championship game watch party Memorial Day or in its support


USlaxmagazine.com


of Shootout for Soldiers, a 24- hour lacrosse game June 3-4 at Gosling Sports Park.


CENTRAL TEXAS All youth leagues


adopted LADM competition rules for 2017, the


girls (CAPLAX) across all age groups and boys (CTYLA) in lightning and bantam age groups. The chapter will host CDP and ADM clinics at the end of the year.


ARKANSAS


The chapter will host three clinics for new players age 8-12 this summer, with a focus on inner-city communities.


LOUISIANA


With an emphasis education, the chapter is hosting officials clinics for girls and a Level 1 women’s CDP clinic in the fall, while also looking to secure an LADM seminar.


May/June 2017 US LACROSSE MAGAZINE 33


NWA lacrosse league to challenge and inspire other high schools, even middle and elementary schools, to establish their own teams with the hopes of making lacrosse a state-sanctioned sport. “This plants the seed,” Utsler said. “All the high schools down here are extremely competitive in all the sports, so I’m challenging them that they need to have their own teams and I’m sure that’s going to happen. They now have kids playing on mixed teams, but I think this is the impetus for them to have their own team.” Utsler still receives calls from interested players and parents at least once or twice each week hoping to join the Don Tyson teams. With the continued interest, he thinks the sport is bound to explode in Arkansas. “It’s going to be really rapid growth,” he said. “Truly a community effort to bring and build lacrosse in Northwest Arkansas.” USL

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