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Arizona girls lacrosse pioneer Jessica Livingston on cover of Lacrosse Magazine

Chaparral girls lacrosse coach Jessica Livingston is featured in this month’s issue of Lacrosse Magazine as one of the “10 people changing youth lacrosse now.” The magazine cites Livingston for creating AZ Girls Lacrosse, a K-9 instructional league she started with only five girls in 2004 and has since taught lacrosse to about 1,000 girls in the Valley.  Livingston also started a post-collegiate team, the Arizona Storm, for which she still plays, and since 2002 has been the head coach of the Chaparral Firebirds, the current two-time defending Arizona high school champions.

In 2010, US Lacrosse recognized Livingston with its Excellence in Growing the Game award, which is given to an individual who supports the US Lacrosse mission and vision to develop lacrosse in a particular geographic area.

“I’m beyond shocked, honored, you name it,” said Livingston on Tuesday when January issue of Lacrosse Magazine, which also features a two page photo of her inside the issue, came out.

While the national attention is flattering, Livingston was far more focused on Tuesday on the first day of practice of the high school season.  Chaparral returns only seven players from last year’s state title team, having lost 14 players to graduation and two players to moving out of state.  “The first day of practice is always a great day!” said Livingston as she pulled lacrosse sticks, balls, field cones and mouth guards from out of the back of her truck parked alongside the road next to the practice field at Mountain View Park in Scottsdale.  “What could be better than the first day of practice?”

This Saturday morning, January 7, Livingston will also be starting a new six-week session of her Desert StiX lacrosse program for girls in grades K-9.  All sessions will take place at Cochise Elementary School, Mountain View Park, 9451 N. 84th St. in Scottsdale.  To register for the Desert StiX program, click here.


How to throw a football

Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are playing some touch football today or teaching your child how to throw a spiral, here’s some advice from NFL quarterbacks on how to throw a football.

Flag football season kicks off

Seven-year-old Matthew Mowrey listens to his coach between plays at Saturday's flag football season opener.

Scottsdale Youth Football kicked off its flag football season on Saturday with a game between the Firebirds Gold and the Firebirds Red.  The two teams are comprised of boys from northeast Scottsdale in grades 1-3.  They play an eight game season.  Here are some photos from the game.  The Firebirds Gold are in white.

Fitness Conditioning with the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

The U.S. women’s soccer team is the feel good story of the moment.  However, while many of the players were unknown to most of us less than a week ago, they have been working hard for a long time.  Nike, one of the team’s sponsors, has been putting together a series of videos called “Pressure Makes Us” since the team selection process began last September in Atlanta.

Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi famously said that “fatigue makes cowards of us all”  and that football games in November were often won in July.  These three videos of the U.S. team’s training and conditioning shows that to some degree the games during the last few weeks in Germany were won last fall and winter.

Mercury hosts Dog Days of Summer

Mercury forward Candice Dupree.

The Phoenix Mercury is hosting its 5th annual Dog Days of Summer game on Sunday, July 10. The team takes on the Tulsa Shock at US Airways Center with tipoff set for 3 p.m.

A canine-focused festival will take place prior to the game, beginning at 1 p.m., in the Casino Arizona Pavilion, with 27 animal-friendly vendors and rescue organizations on-hand.

Participating businesses include:

43rd Ave Animal Hospital

Dermatology for Animals

Eye Care for Animals

Furbabies Delectable Delights

Hands on Dog Training

Howland Studios

Hug N Pups Pet Grooming Salon

Natural Paws


Pete and Mac’s Recreational Resort for Pets

The Spectrum Group

The Pet Club – Tolleson

The Synthetic Grass Store and

Villa La PAWS Resort and Spa

Last year's Dog Days of Summer event.

Participating animal rescue and non-profit organizations include:

Dogs even ended up courtside at last year's Dog Days of Summer event.

Arizona Adopt-a-Greyhound

Arizona Golden Rescue

Arizona Jack Russell Rescue

AZ Saint Bernard Rescue

Banner Good Samaritan Paws 4 Hope Dog Therapy Program

Canine Companions for Independence

Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry

Fallen Feathers

Gabriel’s Angels

Lost Paws Sterilization, Education, and Rescue

MinPin Haven Rescue

Arizona R.E.S.C.U.E. and

Toy Fox Terrier Rescue

Fans can stay cool during the Dog Days of Summer while taking in Mercury basketball for as little at $10. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 602-252-WNBA.

UP NEXT: The Mercury celebrates Season 15 on Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m. against the Washington Mystics. Cheryl Miller, the Mercury’s first head coach, will be in attendance and will address fans at halftime. Fans are also encouraged to bring bottled water to donate to the annual Salvation Army Water Drive, which benefits the Extreme Heat Emergency Plan.

Gilbert Youth Football League accepting fall registration

Gilbert Youth Football League will host registration for tackle and flag football from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Peter Piper Pizza (Gilbert & Williams Field roads). No experience is necessary.

GYFL offers programs in football and cheer beginning at age 5.

This photo is from the league’s newly designed website, which is updated regularly to include information about the league and players as well as coach and player development and links to sports-related news.

The mission of the GYFL is to provide a positive and enjoyable learning experience while teaching sportsmanship, fair play, integrity, honor, respect, loyalty, personal courage and dedication through football and cheer. The league serves families in the East Valley cities, including Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek and Apache Junction.

Additional in-person registration registration events will be held:

July 16, 10am-2pm – Dicks Sporting Goods, San Tan Mall

July 23, 10am-2pm – Peter Piper Pizza, Gilbert/Williamsfield

July 30, 10am-2pm – Dicks Sporting Goods, San Tan Mall (this is the final tackle registration)

Aug. 6, 10am-2pm – Peter Piper Pizza, Gilbert/Williamsfield (this is a flag only registration)

Aug. 13, 10am-2pm – Peter Piper Pizza, Gilbert/Williamsfield (this is a flag only registration)

Find additional registration information.

Former Arizona Cardinal saves child from drowning

When he heard Anne Moore’s screams for help, Leonard Pope didn’t hesitate. Moore’s 6-year-old son, Bryson, fell into the deep end of a swimming pool during a cousin’s birthday party in Americus, Georgia. last weekend. Pope, a backup tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, leapt into action. He ran outside from inside the house and jumped, fully clothed, into the pool.

Now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, Pope was with the Cardinals from 2006-2008, including their run at a championship in Super Bowl XLIII.

“I couldn’t see Bryson anymore,” Pope said. “All I saw was his fingertips at the top of the water,” he said in an interview with ESPN’s Reischea Canidate.

“My hands reached to his waist, and I kind of brought him up to his mom. He stood up and was delirious for a little while.” After some pats on the back and some coughs, the child recovered. As Pope put it, “He came back to Bryson that day.”

The rescue came when Pope, along with other NFL players, would usually be at a minicamp in preparation for next season. However, due to the current lockout, Pope was at a party with his family at the house and was able to hop in and scoop Bryson up. His presence was a godsend for Bryson’s mother, as she told the Americus Times Recorder that Pope might have been the only person at the party who knew how to swim.

“My heart dropped. It could’ve been any child, not just Bryson. I wasn’t waiting on anyone else… to try to pull him out,” Pope said. Nicknamed “Champ,” the Georgia native certainly earned it in the Moores’ eyes.

Pope spent three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, making 23 catches for 238 yards and five touchdowns in his best year in the Valley in 2007.

This incredible rescue makes it clear just how important pool safety and swimming lessons are, especially during the hot months of summer. Check out a list of Valley aquatics programs, and read these tips for pool safety. Be prepared — despite the lockout, NFL athletes won’t be available at every poolside gathering. — Robert T. Balint