The NAofA creates an enthusiastic environment for kids to play hard and have fun while developing confidence, optimism, and growth on and off the field. A crucial element for the organization is the ability to offer and provide programs for a variety of sports. This allows kids to experience a range of sports that offer diversity and require learning different skills. Participants never feel the pressure of having to specialize in one sport, they just get to have fun playing and learning.
The National Academy of Athletics has offered lacrosse sports camps for 6 years. By joining forces with the NCJLA they will enhance their lacrosse curriculum, and expand and integrate more of the sport into their multi-sport program “Allsport”. Both these organizations and the communities they serve will benefit from their partnership.
Lacrosse is a unique sport as it requires skills from different sports, like basketball and soccer. It requires an immense amount of teamwork which is why the NAofA believes it to be a powerful learning experience for young boys and girls.
REACHING MORE COMMUNITIES
For NCJLA, they believe that joining forces with the NAofA can assist them with the integration of lacrosse into more local city parks and recreation departments.
Laura Jennings, NCJLA Executive Director, stated, “We hope that through this partnership, lacrosse will become as common as basketball or soccer for children in elementary or middle school. Lacrosse is a fun game and we are so excited to see more kids able to try it out at the National Academy of Athletics’ camps.”
NAofA CERTIFIED COACHES
The Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association has the game knowledge, skilled coaches, and quality equipment, but little access to interested families. The National Academy of Athletics can utilize this lacrosse expertise from the NCJLA to deliver the latest drills and techniques in their programs. This training will allow the NAofA to help the NCJLA carry out its mission to facilitate the growth of youth lacrosse.
Through the NAofA’s sports camps and School Physical Education programs, more children will be able to be introduced to the lacrosse sport. If children become interested in pursing the sport beyond these NAofA programs, then have the opportunity to find local camps through the NCJLA’s website to pursue their passion.