The San Diego Seals have joined forces with YMCA of San Diego County to significantly enhance access to the sport of lacrosse in under-resourced communities and the region as a whole.
The weekly YMCA Junior Seals Lacrosse Clinics will begin in November, and will take place across participating YMCA locations around San Diego County.
In conjunction with the Seals’ Jumpstart initiative, which aims to give all children the opportunity to learn about and gain access to the sport of lacrosse despite any obstacles or hindrances, clinics hosted at the Copley-Price Family YMCA and Jackie Robinson Family YMCA locations will be free for participants.
The YMCA Junior Seals Lacrosse Clinics embody the shared mission of both organizations: promote a healthy, active lifestyle and give back to the community in meaningful ways.
Clinics will be available to children ages 6-14. Age requirements of participants, as well as prices and program dates, may vary at each location. Equipment will be provided by the Seals and YMCA, and protective gear will not be required as clinics are non-contact and will use a softer ball. Participants do not need to be members of the YMCA in order to register.
Experienced instructors will head each clinic, with occasional appearances by professional lacrosse players from the San Diego Seals.
“This is the start of a very special relationship with YMCA of San Diego County to bring the sport to the thousands of eager and anxious children who are looking for the opportunity to play,” said Steve Govett, President of the Seals. “We’re honored to align with a respected and long-standing staple within the community, and appreciate a shared vision within our respective organizations. From Jackie Robinson Family YMCA to Copley-Price Family YMCA and beyond, I’m thrilled that we’ll be putting sticks in kids’ hands while growing our footprint.”
“The YMCA of San Diego County is proud to partner with San Diego Seals to offer youth lacrosse programming for the very first time,” said Todd Tibbits, President and CEO of the association. “Both organizations share a common goal of giving back to our community and the tremendous reach of professional teams like the Seals provide an audience of advocates and ambassadors to help the YMCA promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”
To register for YMCA Junior Seals Lacrosse Clinics, please visit the YMCA website here.