Founded by professional lacrosse player, John Christmas, and former collegiate player and currentÂ Head LacrosseÂ CoachÂ at St. Joe’s Preparatory School, Eric Gregg, L.E.A.P.S. Lacrosse is a community-based initiative bringing the sport of lacrosse to youth who would not normally be exposed. L.E.A.P.S. gears itself to teaching the sport of lacrosse, providing positive nutrition education, and supporting youth academically through project-based educational activities.Â The weekly sessions are open to any boy or girl in the Greater Philadelphia area looking to participate, welcomingÂ kids of all skill levels and providing equipment to those in need.Â
Now in its second year of existence, the organization has continued to expand due to the hard work of several individuals. Behind the scenes master-organizers, Leigh Rosen, Valerie Morini, and Sara Solomon (behind every successful organization there is a great woman, in this case three!), and volunteer coaches such as Greg Stigliano and Billy McKinney, have helped ensure that the vision of Christmas and Gregg has become a reality. Being a non-profit organization, L.E.A.P.S. is funded entirely by donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. L.E.A.P.S. is founded upon theÂ touchstone that an attitude of gratitude andÂ giving is paramount to success, and all of the above-mentioned individuals have certainly practiced what they preach.Â
There isÂ a common anecdote in the lacrosse community where one is performing a random workaday activity and â€œthen a lax game breaks out.â€ Thanks to the hard work and selfless dedication of these great people, the surface playing field for this emerging sport is continuing to expand.
* For more information or to make a donation, please go to http://leapslax.org/