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There are currently 17 lacrosse teams locally in middle and high schools, and one men’s team, the Shreveport Savages.
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The Crease will be a lacrosse-dedicated store, carrying equipment, clothing, shoes, and accessories and indoor practice/playing field.
“If you build it they will come.” This is the mantra Chris “Matty” Matthews, his wife Shawn, and their friend and fellow coach, Kenny Ortiz, are living by. When Matthews moved to Washington, D.C. for a time, he found the game lacrosse and fell in love. He came back to the Shreveport/Bossier area with this newfound passion in 1995 and immediately started looking for a team to play with. He found Karl Mitchell, whom he refers to as the “godfather of lacrosse,” and a small group of guys who had the same calling to the game. Matthews attributes all progress made toward growing the sport in the area to Mitchell.
There are currently 17 teams locally in middle and high schools, and one men’s team, The Shreveport Savages, which Kenny Ortiz said was “created for older players or players who are new to the sport to have an outlet.” None of the teams are funded by the schools, so all the teams rely on donations and fundraising to continue and thrive. There is also a summer league, hosted by the Caddo-Bossier Lacrosse Association, which boasted over 100 kids last year. The game is growing and kids are definitely showing interest; however, with few local resources to buy gear and only a couple of fields for all these teams to practice on, there is danger at the sport dying off.
This group of dedicated parents and coaches isn’t willing to let that happen. They have developed an idea and are in the planning stages of what they call The Crease. The Crease will be a lacrosse-dedicated store, carrying equipment, clothing, shoes, and accessories and indoor practice/playing field. The dream is to be able to practice the teams rain or shine, to introduce the game to kids who don’t know it, and not to have to cancel a game due to a wet and muddy field. The Crease will provide team and private practice areas, one-on-one coaching, sports equipment, a support program for kids who want to play but can’t afford it, and tournament hosting.
There is definitely a growing attraction to the game of lacrosse, and The Crease will be a place where kids’ love of the game can flourish. The Crease is currently looking for corporate and private sponsorship and anyone interested can send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the Facebook page for the men’s team at www.facebook.com/shreveportsavageslacrosse and for more information about lacrosse, the game, and how to join spring, summer or fall teams, visit www.cabola.org.