History

History

History

The organization that is now Denver Bandits started in the fall of 1990 when Mark Foster and Jamie Duke agreed to form a boy's junior lacrosse organization. Foster founded the Redhawks, focused on Central Denver, and Duke founded the Indians, focused on South Denver. Each club started with one team consisting of second and third grade boys with Foster's son playing for the Redhawks and Duke's son playing for the Indians.

In March of 1991, the two clubs played the first junior lacrosse game ever held in Colorado. The game was held at Prieser Field at Graland Country Day School. The Redhawks and Indians were the beginning of the Colorado Junior Lacrosse Association (CJLA).

Within two years, additional boy's lacrosse clubs were formed. This included the formation of the Creek Silver Bullets, which was founded by Greg Sarkisian and focused on the Greenwood Village/Cherry Hills Village area.

In 1993, Foster and Duke added the first girl's teams to the Colorado Junior Lacrosse Association. The interest in girl's lacrosse grew, and it is now overseen by the Colorado Girls Lacrosse Association (CGLA). The CGLA currently features approximately sixty teams from fourth through eighth grade.                                                                                

In 1995, as the original players of Sarkisian's first Silver Bullets team all went on to play for Cherry Creek High School, it became clear his organization had aligned itself to be the feeder program for the Cherry Creek High School lacrosse program. It was at this point tha Sarkisian decided to change the name of the organization from Silver Bullets to Creek Bullets.

Within a few years, the Indians and Creek Bullets each added several teams spanning second through eighth grade. Because of the close proximity of the two clubs and the increasing size of the girl's teams, Jamie Duke and Greg Sarkisian agreed to merge the clubs in 1997. The merged organization became the Creek Indians. Duke concentrated on the Creek Indians Girls program, while Sarkisian administered the Creek Indians Boys helping it grow to the largest junior boy's lacrosse club in the state. Duke's involvement with Creek Indians continued for about a year until Casey Jackson and Kate Dresher expressed interest in taking over the girls program.

By 1999, the Creek Indians Boy's organization had expanded to twenty-seven teams. The organization was, according to US Lacrosse, the largest youth lacrosse program in the country. By this time, Sarkisian was relying on the help and assistance of many other coaches and volunteers.

In November 2004, Creek Indians Boys Lacrosse incorporated. A board of directors was now responsible for running the organization that Sarkisian developed and grew.

Although a vast majority of the players in the Creek Indians program eventually attended Cherry Creek High School, the organization had grown to also include players who attended Kent Denver, Regis, Highlands Ranch, and Mountain Vista, amongst others. In the fall of 2007, the Creek Indians Board of Directors approved a new name and logo to reflect the growth of the organization. The Board voted to change the name of the organization to the Denver Bandits. The new name highlights an affiliation the youth program has with Denver's Major League Lacrosse team, the Denver Outlaws. The end goal of all of the Board's hard work was to enhance the playing experience of the Denver Bandits' players.

At the same time, the Redhawks Boys and Eagles Girls Lacrosse Organization merged with the new Denver Bandits Lacrosse Club. In doing so, the three organizations started by Foster, Duke, and Sarkisian are now under the same banner.

In 2014, the Denver Bandits approached 3d Lacrosse to help improve players experience through enhanced training – for both the players and the coaches.  The Bandits were introduced to 3d Lacrosse In the spring of 2013, when 3d Lacrosse ran a workshop for all teams using their methodology and teaching.  With great results, players and coaches wanted more.  Now, 3d Lacrosse is the training and administrative manager for the Denver Bandits.  Also in 2014, the Bandits expanded beyond South Denver into Highlands Ranch, Parker, and Littleton reaching more players and coaches than ever before.  Players are now getting an experience unlike any other club in Colorado. 

We strive to provide a great experience, positive atmosphere, and help prepare players to reach their potential!