The Vancouver Ravens are gearing up for their third season in the NLL. The preparations include choosing from among more than 30 young BCLA-registered lacrosse players who have been nominated from throughout the province to be the KidRaven for 2004.
KidRaven status will go to the top male and female candidate from those nominated from across the province of British Columbia. The KidRaven will "sign" with the Vancouver Ravens for the month of February 2004, practice with the pro franchise and dress for one home game at General Motors Place, plus travel with the team to dress for one road game.
The KidRaven will represent thousands of young lacrosse players from throughout BC and will reflect the highest standards in fair play & sportsmanship, leadership, lacrosse skills, academic standards and, above all, the LOVE OF THE GAME!
"This is another example of the strong connection the Vancouver Ravens have made with the entire lacrosse community here in British Columbia," said Sohen Gill, President of the British Columbia Lacrosse Association. "The KidRaven concept is sure to create a buzz, not only among the nominees for 2004, but among all young players who aspire to play professional lacrosse in the future. We're also proud to be part of the process because of the way the Ravens are emphasizing LOVE OF THE GAME and community service by these young ambassadors for lacrosse."
Dave Evans, the General Manager & Director of Player Personnel for the Vancouver Ravens, will chair the selection process for the KidRaven 2004. Evans, a former star goaltender with the Vancouver Burrards and championship player and coach in the NLL and its predecessor pro leagues, is a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
"We're excited to launch the KidRaven campaign for 2004," said Evans. "All of the young players nominated are already winners; they've been selected to represent their associations because of the way they've combined on-floor skills and love of the game with a sense of fair play and community leadership. The ultimate KidRaven's selected in January will be great ambassadors for minor lacrosse in British Columbia."
KidRaven to sign honourary contract with Vancouver Ravens of the NLL
Phase I - "WHY I LOVE LACROSSE"
(November 1 through November 15, 2003): Selection of 10 KidRaven finalists (five male and five female). The KidRaven audition process will begin by having each candidate submit their own 250-word essay on "Why I Love Lacrosse";
Phase II - "WHY SPORTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE"
(November 16 through December 15, 2003): Selection of final three KidRavens (male and female). The KidRaven audition process will have each candidate submit their own 500-word essay on "Why Sports & Physical Activity is Important for Young People".
Phase III - "THE RAVENS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE"
(December 16, 2003, through January 9, 2004): Final selection and announcement of KidRavens (one male and one female). In this phase, the KidRaven final auditions will have each candidate present their idea for a community service project designed to improve the quality of life in their own neighbourhood. They will also take part in interviews with a panel of Ravens players and coaches and participate in a Scoop N' Shoot skills contest at a Ravens practice at Sportstown BC in Richmond, BC.
The KidRaven (male and female) will:
Receive a one-month honourary contract with the Vancouver Ravens of the National Lacrosse League; Receive full team apparel and equipment package, courtesy of BRINE, the official equipment supplier and licensee of the Vancouver Ravens, along with an official game jersey, courtesy of Riddell, official licensee of the National Lacrosse League; Practice with the Ravens at their Official Training Nest at Sportstown BC in Richmond, BC; Dress for one designated home game during the month of February 2004 (tentatively scheduled for Sunday, February 8th, versus San Jose Stealth at General Motors Place); Dress for one designated road game in February 2004 (tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 7th, versus Colorado Mammoth at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado);
Be interviewed live on television during a Ravens home game;
Receive a lacrosse scholarship valued at $1,000.
Travel costs for the final round of auditions and the actual game appearances will be the responsibility of the Vancouver Ravens Lacrosse Club.