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Massena Modified Girls Lacrosse

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Playing lacrosse is an amazing experience and an incredible opportunity for young student-athletes. In addition to improved physical health, participation in sports plays a positive role in youth development, including improved academic achievement, higher self-esteem, and fewer behavioral problems. Playing organized sports builds the five “C’s” in our youths - competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring - which are critical components of positive youth development. The many facets of playing a team sport - the discipline of training, learning teamwork, following the leadership of coaches and captains, learning to win (and lose) - provide lifelong skills for our young athletes.

At the high school level, lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport in the nation. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, from 2009 to 2014, a total of 551 schools added boys’ programs and 556 schools added girls’ programs. That resulted in a growth rate of 27.8% for boys’ lacrosse and 31.2% for girls’ lacrosse. No other sport had a growth rate above 10%.

But the 7-9 grade girls that attend Massena Central school are being left behind. Canton, Ogdensburg, Heuvelton, and recently Potsdam all offer girls modified lacrosse. Our Massena Central boys have the opportunity to play at the modified level. Shouldn't the girls be given the same opportunity?

Let’s give the 7-9 grade girls of Massena Central the opportunity they deserve to participate in the fastest growing sport in America. Let’s give our young women a chance to further develop their personal and athletic skills.

If you agree with these goals please support this petition to add a modified girls lacrosse program to Massena Central School and then forward to anyone else who, in your opinion, might share these goals.

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