Denver Outlaw pro lacrosse players coming to Summit for youth clinic
As part of an effort to promote the growth of lacrosse in Colorado, members of the Denver Outlaws — the 2014 Major League Lacrosse champions — will host a series of clinics in Breckenridge, Grand Junction and Durango Oct. 25-26.
The team announced that recent D.U. graduates and Outlaws players Jeremy Noble (midfielder) and Jamie Faus (goalie) will be a part of the inaugural tour.
“We do a lot of clinics in the Denver area. We really wanted to reach out outside of Denver borders,” team marketing manager Samantha Roman said. “We’re excited to take the Outlaws on the road.”
She told the Daily that the team hopes this will be the first step in a larger effort to expand the Outlaw Academy youth activities.
“Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the country, and even more so in Colorado,” Roman said. “The more we can help to facilitate that, the better.”
The Breckenridge stop, Friday, Oct. 24, will offer a clinic for athletes between fifth and eighth grades. High school players will have to travel to either Grand Junction or Durango on Saturday or Sunday to partake.
Registration is limited and priced at $50 per athlete; reduced-rate early-bird registration closed Oct. 6.
Noble and Faus will host each of the youth and high school clinics. The MLL Championship Steinfeld Trophy will also be on hand throughout the tour.
Noble was the sixth overall pick of the 2014 MLL draft and recent second overall pick of the 2014 National Lacrosse League Draft (indoor). He recently finished his rookie season with the MLL Champion Outlaws. Faus spent the 2014 season on the club’s inactive list but remains on contract with the team.
“I think it’s awesome that the Outlaws are doing this. They’re bringing a couple of guys that are among the best players in the country,” Summit County local Doug Laidlaw said. “I’d like to see more of these opportunities up here.”
He and his wife, Cameron, recently started the Summit Stix high school summer lacrosse program, and hope to eventually offer more youth and high school events throughout the year. They started the program in an effort to help expand lacrosse in Summit County, giving local athletes an opportunity to continue to play in the off-season without having to travel to the Front Range.
Currently the Breckenridge Recreation Center — the organization responsible for coordinating the Outlaws’ clinic — offers youth lacrosse programs only in the spring. Summit High’s boys and girls teams also play in the spring.
Laidlaw, whose son plays for Summit, saw the Stix summer program as an opportunity to help level the playing field with Front Range schools that offer year-round lacrosse.
“The success of the youth lacrosse program at the rec center has been outstanding,” Laidlaw said. “I see youth lacrosse continuing to grow here in the future.”
The MLL was founded in 2001 and recently completed its 14th season. Denver was an expansion team in 2006 and has made the playoffs in each of its first nine seasons, winning the championship with an impressive come-from-behind victory over Rochester in the game’s final minutes last season.
More information on the clinics and other youth programs can be found at http://www.denveroutlaws.com.
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