For my capstone I wanted to expand the sport of girls lacrosse throughout Philadelphia. My ultimate goal was to create equal opportunity for girls to learn lacrosse without the financial impact so that girls from all backgrounds were able to join. As I grew up in Philadelphia there weren’t a lot of chances that I had to learn lacrosse either and I wanted this to change for the next generation. My goal to reach all of Philadelphia was a bit too optimistic right away, so I chose to begin by giving back to a local middle school, Greenfield School, that kindly lent us room to practice sports for our school in the past. After applying and receiving a grant from US Lacrosse that supplied me with equipment for everyone, I was able to plan out lacrosse clinics. Throughout the course of about a month, I held three sessions with the help of my mentor, Erin Giorgio, that taught girls the fundamentals of lacrosse as well as the impact it could have on them as because of the skills it teaches you. The collaboration throughout this process was very vital to helping me achieve my goal. In the future, I hope to continue this program so that we are able to expand it throughout the rest of Philadelphia. By starting at a middle school level, we will be able to grow the sport enough so that we can eventually implement high school programs too.
”Agility Training and Conditioning for Women’s Lacrosse.” YouTube, uploaded by Sports
Nation Video, 19 Sept. 2012, https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=nLpMO1E7JxU.
In this video, Veronica Dyer, the Syracuse University Strength and Conditioning Olympic Sports Director, gives step by step tutorials on agility and conditioning exercises. I can use these exercises to train myself as well as include in some of the clinics for the Greenfield students.
“Athletic Administration: No Longer A Boy’s Club.” Ohio University, 18 Jan. 2016,
https://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/athletic-administration-no-longer-a-boys-club/? g=infograhcs&t=maa. Accessed 24 Jan. 2018.
This infographic gives lots of statistics of females in athletics after Title IX, which I will use to introduce my project about why I want to provide sports to girls. This brochure is reputable as it was created by Ohio University’s Athletic Administration program.
“George Washington Strength and Condition: Lacrosse.” The George Washington University. 2012,http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gewa/genrel/auto_pdf/2011- 12/misc_non_event/Lacrosse_2012_Summer_Packet.pdf. Accessed 24 Jan. 2018.
This packet provides lots of training exercises and stretches to get in shape for a season. I will base my training and planning for Greenfield students with modifications off of this, which is trustworthy due to the fact that a university athletic program is having their athletes use this.
Heywood, Leslie. “Addressing the Needs of Female Professional and Amateur Athletes.” Women’s Sports Foundation, July 1999, file:///home/chronos/u- dd35740fee8c2b3274a21abc97f08d87ce1f910a/Downloads/pro_amateur_athletes_full.pdf. Accessed 23 Jan. 2018.
This report by Leslie Heywood, a professor of Sports Studies at Harpur College, shows results of coaches and athletes who are women and the need for more of them. This is important to my project because it’s a big part of the inquiry step, as I am stepping into the role of a coach as a female and the students at Greenfield are also girls and I am trying to open up opportunities and resources for them.
Koeniges, Pete. “Conditioning Lacrosse Players.” Athletes Acceleration,
https://athletesacceleration.com/conditioninglacrosse.html. Accessed 24 Jan. 2018.
This source by Pete Koeniges, a certified athletic trainer, talks about the type of energy your body is using during lacrosse and exercises that will help raise your stamina for this. I will use this in my training as well as planning for the clinics for the girls at Greenfield.
Pietramala, David G, and Neil A. Grauer. Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition. 2nd ed., The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
This book will be very helpful when planning out what to do for Greenfield students as it teaches the fundamentals of lacrosse which is what I want to teach them. David Pietramala, the head coach of the 2005 John Hopkins’ winning national champions, also goes into specifics about different types of plays for offense and defense.
Sabo, Donald. “Beyond X’s and O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s College Sports.” Women’s Sports Foundation, June,
2016, file:///home/chronos/u- dd35740fee8c2b3274a21abc97f08d87ce1f910a/Downloads/beyond-xs-osfinal- for-web.pdf. Accessed 23 Jan. 2018.
This report, written by Donald Sabo, a professor at D’Youville College who directs research on physical activity, sport and health, dives into research about women in college sports which I will use to conduct information on where I can progress after this project. As my mentor plans to keep this program running after I graduate, I hope to continue to play sports in college and will use this to reflect on what I want to continue to do in the future.
Samaras, Crista. “Research: The Bravery Gap.” More Brave, 30 Oct. 2016, Brave
Enterprises, www.morebrave.com/single-post/2017/12/12/THE-BRAVERY- GAP. Accessed 23 Jan. 2018.
This blog post helps establish what bravery is and why we should approach it, which is important for my project because I’m helping provide resources for sport and often times people are scared of trying new sports. I also have a connection through my mentor with her and we are reaching out to Crista Samaras to see if she would be able to come speak to the girls.
Tucker, Janine, and Maryalice Yakutchik. Women’s Lacrosse: A Guide for Advanced Players and Coaches. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
This book captures the essence of what it means to be a lacrosse player or coach, two things I am trying to tackle throughout this project. It also goes in depth to different skills of players that I can use to plan out clinics for the Greenfield students. The author Janine Tucker is the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins University.
“U.S. Lacrosse Physical Education Curriculum.” U.S. Lacrosse, 2006,
https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/programs/pe- curriculum.pdf. Accessed 22 Jan 2018.
This source, published by the US Lacrosse organization, will be used to help me create workouts and design the clinics as it as a PE curriculum, which is perfect for the age group I am working with. As my capstone is all about lacrosse, the US Lacrosse organization is very reliable as it is the professional program for the sport of lacrosse.