Harlem Lacrosse, 3d Lacrosse Preparing for Another Year of Opportunities and Development for Underserved Student-Athletes
HARLEM, N.Y. — Harlem Lacrosse and 3d Lacrosse are gearing up for 2017 with the goal of driving Harlem Lacrosse’s growth and its effort to impact more youth players by introducing them to the game of lacrosse.
A nationally renown non-profit organization that uses lacrosse as a middle school intervention program, Harlem Lacrosse will enter its third year working with 3d Lacrosse as its official training, development and club lacrosse partner.
With newly appointed CEO Mike Levin at the helm, Harlem Lacrosse has announced plans to expand its reach nationwide, most recently highlighted by the merger with City Lacrosse in Los Angeles. The move gives Harlem a foothold on the West Coast to accompany its presence in Baltimore, Boston, New York and in 2017, Philadelphia.
Thanks to a dedicated staff and even more dedicated resources in 2017, 3d Lacrosse is prepared to support Harlem Lacrosse as it embarks on its most ambitious year yet.
"Our relationship with 3d Lacrosse is one of our most important partnerships,” said Joel Censer, Harlem Lacrosse’s Chief Program Officer and one of the coaches on the field who last summer helped lead the first ever 3d-powered Harlem Lacrosse select travel team.
The team competed at the FLG in 3d Summer Showcase in Maryland, one of 3d Lacrosse’s most popular and highly attended national events.
“What began a few years ago with just training sessions through 3d Tri-State blossomed last summer into our first formal endeavor into the club lacrosse world,” Censer said.
“The experience for our players all last summer was incredible thanks to 3d Lacrosse dedicating on the- ground resources, providing access and support and in general just giving real heft to our summer programming. We know our teams created a lot of buzz, but what was even more valuable for our student-athletes was to be able to compete and see the growth and strides they were making as players, people and teammates.”
As Harlem Lacrosse looks to build its expanse, 3d Lacrosse has plans this year to give Harlem Lacrosse’s players the best training and development possible, more opportunities for exposure and more resources to help them pursue lacrosse and the valuable opportunities the sport opens up through education.
Harlem Lacrosse student-athletes began training with Connecticut-based 3d Tri-State in 2014, and that relationship formalized in 2016 when Harlem players were placed on a full training schedule. Harlem participants found themselves benefitting from 3d Lacrosse’s Box-Field Hybrid Development System and the 3d Methodology through advanced training sessions led by 3d Master Coaches.
In 2017, Harlem Lacrosse will field select boys teams for those in the 2019 and 2021 graduation classes. Those teams will travel to different national and regional events hosted by 3d Lacrosse, including the FLG in 3d Summer Shootout, the Pomfret Bash, the STX Rising DIII Showcase and the 3d National Team Camp. The focus of this year’s girls middle school team will be on training and local tournaments.
Coinciding with the newest wave of Harlem Lacrosse’s expansion, 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum joins Harlem Lacrosse’s Advisory Board. He will use his experience in the game and as an entrepreneur as well as his role at 3d Lacrosse to help guide Harlem Lacrosse toward successful and impactful organizational growth.
“We’re proud of what our partners at Harlem Lacrosse have accomplished in such a short time, and we’re thrilled to be more involved with them than ever before,” Waldbaum said.
“We’re here to support Mike, Joel and the entire Harlem Lacrosse staff as they look continue to make a major impact on the lives of youth through this great game.”
Bart Farinholt, a newly appointed manager with Connecticut-based 3d Tri-State, has recently located to the New York City area and will be taking on a direct role as a liaison to the Harlem Lacrosse organization. Farinholt, a longtime key member of the 3d Lacrosse Camps Department, is working with Harlem through 3d Lacrosse as part of an Americorps “Coach Across America” grant.
Farinholt is tasked with helping ensure Harlem players get access to and benefit from ample opportunities to train in the 3d Methodology. He will be working to connect Harlem players to the same resources available to 3d Select players, such as Division I, II and III recruiting services and mentorship.
“The most important asset 3d has provided Harlem Lacrosse is the intellectual capital to know how to improve players’ lacrosse abilities quickly,” Censer said.
“Because once a student can make the connection to hard work and improvement, the sky is really the limit. We appreciate the deep impact the 3d Methodology and 3d’s approach to lacrosse has had in building a growth mindset amongst our student-athletes."
This weekend, Farinholt will oversee Harlem Lacrosse’s action-packed visit to Charlottesville, Virginia, that culminates with watching the University of Virginia host Notre Dame in an Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight matchup.
On Friday, the group of Harlem student-athletes will watch a Virginia practice before a clinic for the players led by members of the Cavaliers roster. Afterward, the Harlem players will join the Cavaliers for pizza before a stop at nearby St. Anne’s-Belfield School to watch the Saints varsity team play against Radnor (Pa.).
The following day, Harlem Lacrosse student-athletes will get a sideline view of Notre Dame’s shoot-around before joining the Fighting Irish for lunch and another chance to interact with college players. The group will take in another varsity game between St. Anne’s-Belfield and Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) before heading back to Charlottesville to watch the Virginia-Notre Dame game.
Carrying on a tradition begun last summer in the first year of the partnership, Harlem student-athletes this weekend and throughout the summer will be connected to 3d Lacrosse players and their families through a homestay program.
The homestay organized by 3d allows Harlem Lacrosse participants to compete at tournaments, help manage travel costs and lets the players create relationships with lacrosse families around the country. Last summer, Harlem Lacrosse players and 3d Select players joined together at the FLG in 3d Tournament for the chance to meet one another, interact and share their interests in lacrosse.
“Another way that we are looking to help Harlem Lacrosse’s mission is to create an unforgettable, welcoming experience for the players when they train with us or attend a 3d Lacrosse event,” Waldbaum said. “We want the Harlem student-athletes to love this sport and respect it so that it will become their path, and to do that we try to give them the best lacrosse experiences possible.”
As Harlem Lacrosse brings its mission to new regions, and as it prepares for its busiest year yet, 3d Lacrosse is positioned to provide the on-field and player development support necessary to help Harlem Lacrosse truly make a difference through the sport in new communities.
“The folks at 3d Lacrosse don't just write a check,” Censer said. “They are real believers in our work, understand our mission and try to find real synergies between the work we do and how they can help support Harlem Lacrosse's deserving student-athletes.”
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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