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NLL & Players Active with 'Right to Play' this summer

07/13/2012, 9:30am EDT
By NLL.com

Right To Play launches community-driven 'Lacrosse For Development' program in Ontario

The first of Right to Play's 'Lacrosse For Development' programs took place on July 6th at Oneida Nation of the Thames. this summer

The National Lacrosse League and Right to Play are taking their partnership to a new level this summer, providing a great opportunity for young people in need. Thanks in part to the dedicated support of the NLL Players & Rochester Knighthawks Owner Curt Styres, Right To Play has successfully launched its 'Lacrosse For Development' program.

The program, which encompasses four weekend-long clinics throughout Ontario, was created in partnership with the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA). With dedicated support from Curt Styres (Rochester Knighthawks owner) and Arrow Express Sports, over 500 Aboriginal youth from 16 communities will have the opportunity to hone their skills from the NLL’s top players.

A response to Right To Play’s popular ‘Hockey For Development’ program and designed to complement components of Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, participants will benefit from inter-community activities and will learn vital lacrosse skills and techniques from NLL players including; Chris McElroy (Washington Stealth), Dan Dawson and Paul Dawson (Philadelphia Wings), Scott Carnegie (Calgary Roughnecks), Jeremy Thompson and Luke Wiles (Buffalo Bandits), and Cody Jamieson, Craig Point, Tyler Burton and Mike Accursi (Rochester Knighthawks). Lacrosse equipment has been graciously donated for all clinics by Team 22.

With a successful first clinic held in Oneida Nation of the Thames earlier this month, Right To Play looks to build on the strengths of strong community, player, league and corporate involvement benefitting children, youth and coaches of all ages. Upcoming clinics will take place in Whitefish River First Nation (Sudbury, ON), Bimose Tribal Council (Kenora, ON) and Beausoleil First Nation (Midland, ON).

Right To Play is supported by an international roster of over 350 Athlete Ambassadors, including Chris McElroy, Andrew McBride, Dan Dawson, Mike Accursi, Ryan Cousins, and Tracey Kelusky. As role models, these athletes inspire children, raise awareness and promote fundraising opportunities for Right To Play’s programs around the world. For more information, visit RightToPlay.com or RightToPlay.ca.

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