Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thank God for the Halesworths of Lacrosse Part II

Photo of me and my son Kennedy (kman) playing in his first organized lacrosse game last season in the Legends Lax program that Dave Halesworth started. Kman loves lacrosse and wants his mom and dad to teach at Syracuse University so he can be where the action is.

Yesterday I wrote about the founder of the youth lacrosse program in the town where I live Dave Halesworth. Dave with his wife’s permission, (those of you who are married will understand) is a real lacrosse fan and advocate. They have three children under ten years old with the youngest barely two but somehow they launched Legend Lacrosse last year and it turned out to be a very successful season for all involved. Dave, a very busy Bank America trader, somehow finagled me into helping him (and others ) coach the 1-2 graders team. You see I have a wife completing a doctoral degree at NYU in business, a four year daughter, and a seven year old son. In addition, I had a book under contract that I needed to finish. So until I met the Halesworths, I thought I had a legitimate reason for not coaching, seeing Dave in action changed that idea quickly. My son Kennedy played his first season of organized lacrosse with the Legend1-2 grade team, and truth be told, we both had a blast. In his email on Monday, Dave talked about how the program here in Tarrytown is more than doubling this year. He wrote, “Believe it or not, this year we will have three boys teams, 1st & 2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, and a new 5th and 6th grade team. On top of that we are starting a women’s program with 1st & 2nd and 3rd and 4th grade teams. Year two, and we’ll have over 100 players in our program….WOW!” Without fans like Dave, the fastest game on two feet would not continue to grow. Thank God for the Halesworths of lacrosse.

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