COLUMBUS, Ohio– The 2017 Major League Lacrosse champion, Ohio Machine and Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) have teamed up to make the game of lacrosse accessible to everyone in central Ohio.
The Ohio Machine Foundation’s first-of-its-kind grant allows CRPD to hire a seasonal employee to teach youth the game in community centers throughout the city.
This announcement comes after last summer’s Urban Lacrosse initiative—a collaborative effort between US Lacrosse, Greater Columbus Sports Commission, CRPD and the Ohio Machine to diversify the sport of lacrosse in the city of Columbus. The culmination of this initiative was a youth clinic attended by 80 CRPD participants who received one-on-one training from Ohio Machine players and coaches, as well as US Lacrosse staff and community volunteers. The Urban Lacrosse Initiative won a first place award in the sports programs category during the 2017 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) Conference. With the help of Columbus Recreation and Parks, the game of lacrosse will become more widespread than ever.
Since the inception of the Ohio Machine Lacrosse Foundation, an anonymous community member has made a generous donation to the foundation. Through this donation and many others, the Ohio Machine has the opportunity to partner with CRPD and bring youth lacrosse camps to central Ohio.
“The Ohio Machine is excited to partner with Columbus Recreation and Parks,” Ohio Machine President Ryan Chenault said. “In thanks to our generous donors, we are able to accomplish the mission of the Ohio Machine Lacrosse Foundation by giving back to the community and growing the game of lacrosse.”
“This partnership is going to be such a great opportunity for our youth to be exposed to the game of lacrosse,” Ohio Machine Head Coach Bear Davis said. “We’re excited for the opportunity to continue growing lacrosse in Ohio.”
Columbus Recreation and Parks will hire an employee whose focus will be to plan and implement free youth lacrosse camps to CRPD participants throughout the summer. Camps will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the Ohio Machine Lacrosse Foundation
The Ohio Machine created the Ohio Machine Lacrosse Foundation in the Fall of 2017. The OMLF is broken into two pillars, the growth of the game and giving back to Ohio. The main objective is to promote participation in the game. The Ohio Machine Lacrosse Foundation is also dedicated to supporting its home, as we are a team of the state, supporting all three regions, north, south and central. For more information and to donate, please go to https://www.theohiomachine.com/foundation
About Columbus Recreation and Parks
Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) connects people through the power of nature, wellness and creativity. With more than 350 parks, six golf courses, 120 miles of trails, 29 community centers, eight outdoor pools and the largest ball diamond complex in the country, there is truly something for residents of all ages and interests. For more information about CRPD, please visit https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/ or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Ohio Machine
The Ohio Machine is a professional lacrosse team based in Columbus, Ohio. The Machine is one of nine teams competing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. The team has been competing in the MLL since 2012 and won the franchise’s first MLL Championship in 2017. The team competes at Fortress Obetz, the nation’s first professional lacrosse specific stadium. For more information on Ohio Machine lacrosse, please visit www.theohiomachine.com or follow the Machine on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchatand Instagram @machinemll
Brett Malamud Alesia Howard
Ohio Machine Communications Columbus Recreation and Parks
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‘Reprinted with permission from theohiomachine.com’