Beginning April 23rd, children and teens can register to participate in
track and field, basketball, bowling, soccer, and lacrosse, over the course of eight to 10 weeks. Trained New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) staff and consultants will teach the fundamentals of each sport and prepare participants for the citywide competitions that mark the end of the season. No prior experience is necessary.
In addition to being fun and competitive, NYCHA sports teams also provide enriching educational experiences for all participants. Just ask the players on NYCHA’s 26-member Lacrosse Team. Lacrosse is a fast-paced, action-packed sport that combines the skills used in basketball, hockey and soccer.
|Members of NYCHA's Lacrosse Team attend a professional lacrosse game at
Madison Square Garden.
Last March, after practicing their throws and catches with the netted stick, or crosse, the NYCHA lacrosse players headed out to the Hewlett Athletic Field on Long Island to see nationally ranked NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse teams, Cornell University and Notre Dame, battle it out.
After the game, Notre Dame’s head coach Kevin Corrigan, shared words of encouragement with the NYCHA Lacrosse Team. "He talked to them about what it takes to become a collegiate athlete," said NYCHA Education Through Sports Unit Manager Eric Cumberbatch. "We’re working toward the majority of our kids receiving college scholarships and playing on that level," he added.
Playing lacrosse at the college level is a popular goal for many youth ages 15 and under, now that lacrosse has become one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, according to a 2006 US Lacrosse participation survey, commissioned by US Lacrosse, a national non-profit association.
Registration for any of NYCHA’s Spring Sports is free and open to all NYCHA residents and Community Center participants. For information contact the Education Through Sports Unit at 212-306- 3341, 3388, or 3342.
By Tischelle George
April 23, 2007