US Lacrosse and USA Field Hockey were honored by The Aspen Institute as a Project Play Champion for 2019.

The organizations received the award for developing a multi-sport sampling program called Stick2Sports, providing boys and girls with an affordable introduction to field hockey and lacrosse in an innovative sport sampling clinic led by certified US Lacrosse and USA Field Hockey coach members.

The first event was held at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md., in late August, helping to introduce 100 new players to the respective sports.

The program aligns with each organizations’ Athlete and American Development Models and the Project Play framework. USA Field Hockey and US Lacrosse are committed to optimizing and expanding the Stick2Sports program in the future to encourage multi-sport sampling and participation.

“One of the tenets of our athlete development program is multi-sport participation,” said Kevin Greene, director of the Coach Development Program for US Lacrosse. “We’re fortunate that USA Field Hockey is right up the road in Lancaster, Pa. So, we started talking and this was a perfect opportunity to have two related, but unrelated, sports and get kids to be able to try both and really put our money where our mouth is.”

Project Play Champions are organizations taking new, meaningful, specific actions consistent with the strategies of Project Play. A complete list of 2019 honorees is available here.

This mission of Project Play is to develop, apply and share knowledge that helps stakeholders build healthy communities through sports.


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