Launch Work to Grow the Game Across All South Florida Communities

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via the Launch Web Site   The Florida Launch have spent much of 2016 growing the game of lacrosse in the South Florida area. Whether it be coordinating the donation of lacrosse equipment, bringing underprivileged youth teams to games, or arranging player meet and greets — the Launch are fully committed to advocating for leadership and inclusion in the lacrosse community. The Launch partnered with the Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation to teach students at Village Academy School, a predominantly low income school, in Delray Beach how to play the game. Sticks and goals were donated by the foundation to the school as well as time spent instructing the physical education teachers on how to teach lacrosse to their students. Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation founder and Florida Launch president Brian Clinton was excited about the new venture. “Lacrosse is more than a game in the way it teaches life lessons. When a youngster is introduced to a positive outlet like lacrosse, the opportunities in athletics, academics and in the real world are endless,” said Clinton.  
Brian Clinton President of the Florida Launch, Michael Zeff Launch Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Margie Walden Delray Beach Community Organizer deliver soft lacrosse equipment to the Physical Education teachers of Village Academy in Delray Beach.
  In further efforts to increase participation and diversity in the sport, the Launch has hosted youth groups from underprivileged schools at home games this season. An inner city Riviera Beach group and Pine Grove Elementary School in Delray Beach students attended the team’s opening game at FAU Stadium. A group of all minority students joined in the MLL action by attending a home game this year. Students and lacrosse players from McNicol Middle School not only watched the game but were surprised with a Launch player meet and greet prior to the game. Michael Zeff, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Florida Launch, wants more groups to share in the experience. “We’re off to a great start with reaching out to the young people in our community but it won’t stop there. Any chance we have to introduce lacrosse and bring a smile to a kid’s face is an opportunity we’ll jump at 100% of the time,” said Zeff.  As the season progresses, the Florida Launch will do even more to foster leadership and inclusion through the sport of lacrosse.  
Launch Community Outreach #2 Jovan Miller
Launch midfielder Jovan Miller talks to lacrosse players from McNicol Middle School in Hallandale Beach.