Minneapolis, MN – Epoch Lacrosse and deBeer Women’s Lacrosse are partnering together this holiday season to give custom new sticks to 100 girls in the Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership program. Epoch will be providing their state-of-the-art Dragonfly carbon fiber shafts and deBeer will be completing the sticks with their latest Rapture heads.
“Epoch and deBeer are true ambassadors for our sport,” said Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership Senior Program Director Joel Censer. “It is amazing to see how these two very competitive companies have come together to do something special for a very deserving group of kids. Their donations will make this holiday season one all of our players will remember for years to come.”
“We are proud to be a small part of something that can change the lives of so many kids,” said Ryan Harrington, DeBeers Women’s Lacrosse. “The Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership program represents the best of what our sport can achieve when everyone works together for the greater good of the sport.”
“Lacrosse is so much more than the game itself,” said James Miceli, founder and CEO of Epoch Lacrosse. “It teaches you how to go head-to-head with your fiercest of competitors and more importantly how to respect each other when the whistle blows. We are proud to be able to assist the HLL in their efforts to give kids in the inner city the opportunity to play lacrosse and apply what they learned on the field into their daily lives.”
To learn more about HLL please visit our website at http://www.harlemlacrosse.org/
HLL is a school-based program that operates in Harlem public middle schools. Throughout the school day, HLL employees work closely with teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators to identify and strategically recruit students who are struggling behaviorally and academically to play lacrosse. The program has seen statistically significant gains with participants boasting an average 6-point GPA increase in core classes (with an average 9.5 point increase for special education participants). Moreover, one hundred percent of HLL student-athletes have graduated on time from middle school to high school over the past four years. During that time, HLL’s participants also earned $8 million in academic scholarship offers and nearly $150,000 in summer camp scholarships.
About Gait and deBeer Lacrosse
As one of the oldest Sporting Goods manufacturers in the U.S., Gait-deBeer knows and believes in Innovation, Performance and Integrity. As far back as 1889, deBeer manufactured some of the most well-loved baseballs and softballs in the industry. In the 1980s, known as K2, the company began manufacturing lacrosse gear and would soon develop lacrosse sticks using the same alloys found in softball bats. Innovation continued in 1994, when the company teamed up with legendary player, Paul Gait, who directed the organization towards a pure performance orientation. For more information, visit GaitLacrosse.com and deBeerLacrosse.com. For the latest news and updates, find Gait Lacrosse on social media at Facebook.com/GaitLacrosse and Twitter.com/GaitLacrosse and deBeer Lacrosse on social media at Facebook.com/deBeerLax and Twitter.com/deBeerLacrosse.
About Epoch Lacrosse:
Epoch Lacrosse delivers the finest manufactured lacrosse equipment designed to increase playability and maximize performance by utilizing world-class materials and manufacturing techniques. Epoch tests and re-tests each of its designs to ensure optimal durability, playability and performance. Epoch’s goal is simple, to give players every opportunity to reach their true potential. Live. Play. Be.Visit www.EpochLacrosse.com to learn more about Epoch products.You can also follow Epoch on Twitter @epochlax and check out their blog at http://www.LivePlayBe.com