PHILADELPHIA - As part of its Young Quakers Community Athletics sponsorship, the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse program recently hosted a 2015 Urban Youth Lacrosse Jamboree at Penn Park. The weekend-long Philadelphia event featured the Young Quakers from Comegys School in West Philadelphia -- which has been paired with the Penn program for the last few years -- and teams from New York City’s Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership as well as Boston’s MetroLacrosse.
The two-day event featured a lacrosse clinic that was led by players from the Penn men's lacrosse program, scrimmages against each other, a demonstration by Native American stick maker Alf Jacques, and team-bonding activities such as a lacrosse trivia contest and scavenger hunt around Penn's campus.WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…
Pat Cronin, Head Coach of MetroLacrosse (Boston)
“Thank you so much for hosting us. You and your team put together a great schedule, and it was a phenomenal experience for all 23 of my boys. One of my overarching hopes for this spring season at Metro was to get my boys to start picturing themselves playing lacrosse in high school and committing themselves to that goal, and this trip really helped drive that home. The Penn guys did a great job, and it makes me question why Metro doesn’t have relationships like that in Boston. With so many colleges/universities in the area, we would have plenty of options!”
Joel Censor, Head Coach Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership
“Thank you again so much for putting on a great weekend. Your hard work was so evident and all the little details mattered -- from the trivia contest, to the scavenger hunt, to all the on-field activities. Our kids had a blast, and it was the talk of schoolon Monday. Not surprisingly, we had an even better practice! We appreciate all your support of HLL and would love to continue to deepen this relationship moving forward. Your work was appreciated and, frankly, such an asset to the larger urban lacrosse community.”