If you have a young daughter who loves sports, I have a deal for you. On Saturday, May 9, take her to the Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8021 E. Princess Dr. in Scottsdale, where she can attend a free two-hour lacrosse clinic and then watch some of the top women’s college players in the Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) national championship game at 12:30 p.m.
The free clinic, which will run from 10am to noon, is open to girls from kindergarten through 9th grade and will offer instruction from several top high school coaches and players. Like most girls lacrosse events in Arizona for the past nine years, the driving force behind the May 9 event is Jessica Livingston. Jessie, who was an All American lacrosse player at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, moved out to Arizona after her graduation in 2000 and started girls lacrosse in this state. She founded the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association, runs lacrosse clinics and camps for girls of all ages all year round and has coached Chaparral High School to several state championships.
Jessie has brought her love and excitement about lacrosse to more than a thousand girls over the last nine years. Her lobbying convinced the WDIA to hold its 16 team national championship tournament at the Scottsdale Sports Complex from May 6-9. For more information about the WDIA national championship tournament, check out www.uslacrosse.org/events/ia/index09.html. The WDIA championship game will be followed by the Arizona High School All Star game. As for the free clinic, you may pre-register your daughter at www.azgl.com.
Lacrosse is a great sport for a lot of reasons, but I will give you one I did not know about until a few days ago. According to a recent study performed for the NCAA, women’s lacrosse ranks among the college sports with the highest graduation rates. While college graduation may be a while off for your daughter, it is never a bad thing to hang out with other smart and athletic girls.