WINGS TO HOST LEARN-TO-PLAY CLINIC WITH KINGSESSING ROADRUNNERS LACROSSE CLUB AT INDEPENDENCE CHARTER SCHOOL WEST ON JANUARY 10
Philadelphia, PA – In conjunction with U.S. Lacrosse Week in Philadelphia and to continue their mission of growing the sport of lacrosse, Under Armour and the Wings have donated a variety of lacrosse equipment to the Kingsessing Roadrunners Lacrosse Club.
In October, the Roadrunners discovered that mold had affected about 50-60% of their lacrosse equipment while it was stored away in their recreation center. Since then, the club has been working to build their equipment inventory back up for the spring season.
The Roadrunners Lacrosse Club draws students from the Philadelphia area and strives to field no-cost recreational girls and boys teams that travel throughout the region. The lacrosse club provides a recreational outlet for over 120 players to learn the fundamentals and enjoy growing their sports skills through coaching and training. Its goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for players of all skills to develop individually while everyone learns the value of teamwork and community. Overall, the Kingsessing Roadrunners have been building a movement around youth sport access in Philadelphia since founding their first set of football teams in 1969.
“With the help of our partner Under Armour, we’re thrilled to donate lacrosse equipment to the Kingsessing Roadrunners Lacrosse Club and bring our players to conduct a learn-to-play clinic at Independence Charter School West,” said Lindsey Masciangelo, Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Philadelphia Wings. “Our mission is to continue the growth of the sport of lacrosse and what better way to increase participation in the sport than to provide youth lacrosse players with the equipment they need to develop their skills and perform at the highest level.”
“This equipment donation by the Philadelphia Wings allows the Roadrunners Lacrosse program to continue to grow and reach more girls and boys in the Philadelphia area, especially students who don’t normally have the opportunity to participate in such an activity,” said Timothy Morrison, Program Director for the Roadrunners Lacrosse Club.
“The Wings have stepped up in a huge way for our local community,” added Dontae Privette, President of the Roadrunners. “As a result of their generosity, we can serve more children in the neighborhood and eliminate some of the barriers that we know urban youth face with accessing the sport. When you have this type of collaboration and investment it allows more kids to learn the values that team sports can teach and their own potential for growth becomes astronomical.”
In addition to donating lacrosse equipment, the Philadelphia Wings will also host a learn-to-play clinic at Independence Charter School West on Thursday, January 10 at 3:30 p.m. Wings players, dancers, and mascot Wingston will be on hand to teach more than 80 youth players the fundamentals of lacrosse and help develop their skills.
The Philadelphia Wings and US Lacrosse invite fans to participate in an equipment drive at their next home game at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, January 12 at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used equipment to the game and drop in the bins at the door. All equipment collected will be donated to the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA), a Chapter of US Lacrosse and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport in the Eastern Region of the State of Pennsylvania.
Throughout the year, PLA volunteers work to organize youth clinics, coaching seminars and fundraising events (including the annual PLA Golf Outing), award camp scholarships, provide equipment to programs in need, sponsor area tournaments, support travel team, provide assistance to new programs (through the PLA New Start Program), maintain the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame and conduct numerous other activities to further the mission of the PLA and US Lacrosse.
In partnership with the US Lacrosse Convention, lacrosse enthusiasts can purchase a general admission ticket to LaxCon’s Fan Fest and a reserved seat to the Wings-Swarm game on Saturday, January 12 at 7 p.m. for just $23.