Lacrosse in schools!
Empire began conducting PE clinics in the fall of 2014. Coaches from both Edge and Empire spent days with Coach Honeycutt teaching Glen Arden Elementary school children about the game of lacrosse, conducting fun drills on scooping and shooting. This tradition continued for several years, and four days of clinics were also conducted at Valley Springs Middle School.
Two years ago, meetings were held at Buncombe County Schools offices to discuss with the administration the growth of lacrosse here in Asheville and the hopes we all have of seeing lacrosse in our area public schools, so that all kids have free access to this amazing game. Under their direction, Empire and Edge put on five weeks of lacrosse clinics at Cane Creek Middle School to promote the game and see the interest. There were many students who participated, but at that point local high school AD’s were not interested in jumping in.
Now another high school initiative is underway, with new meetings being held and new data presented. The way it stands is this: five are high schools will create club lacrosse teams in the spring of 2019. There are five needed to comprise a league in the eyes of the NCHSAA for the sanctioning of this league. The schools to start this league have been identified as TC Roberson, AC Reynolds, Asheville High School, Hendersonville High School, and East Henderson High. This is a grassroots effort made up of students, parents, and school personnel. It is our hope that all schools will add lacrosse over the next several years as students are given the opportunity to play. If your player attends, or will attend in the future, any of these five target schools, please contact us so that we may include you in the initiative moving forward. This is a three-district launch and will take all our efforts to put this into motion.
During the fall of 2017, 54 Buncombe County PE teachers were trained by US Lacrosse on how to teach lacrosse in their curriculum. Four soft stick scholarships were awarded, and those coaches went back to their schools with all they need to teach their students lacrosse. Coach Rachel Hillhouse, Director of Edge Lacrosse, is a certified US Lacrosse trainer and was instrumental in achieving this day of education for local coaches. If you click on the Edge icon located throughout this website, you may contact her to discuss soft stick program, coaching certification, or anything related to US Lacrosse instruction. We are lucky to have her here locally and look forward to much more lacrosse being played in our local public school PE classes. All this ensures strong numbers moving forward for our high schools in the future.