June 21, 2014

80 Chicago Area Teams Participate in IGLA Spring Festival

from Press Release

Photo by Loftis Photographic

Chicago, IL, June 11, 2014 – Lacrosse is growing like wildfire throughout the country, and this last weekend's Spring Youth Festival, hosted by the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association (IGLA), was a testament of the growing popularity of the sport here in Illinois. On Sunday, June 8th, over 80 girls lacrosse teams participated in the all-day event that included games across 10 fields, free clinics for parents and children, and a wide variety of vendors supporting the growth and influence of lacrosse in the state. The Spring Youth Festival took place at Hassert Park in Crest Hill, Illinois and was organized to celebrate the last day of the IGLA Spring League.

"Teaching young girls how to play lacrosse is truly a rewarding experience," stated Lynn Merrill, Managing Director of the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association. "Everyday we're not only teaching these girls about throwing, catching, scoring and defense, but also about teamwork, discipline, confidence and sportsmanship—important life skills used both on and off the field. The Spring Youth Festival was the celebration of all these developed skills while having fun playing lacrosse."

With the spring league coming to a close, IGLA is now preparing for their season of summer camps to begin. IGLA's summer lacrosse camps are run through local park districts for 3-4 day sessions and are designed for both beginners and experienced players. The first camps begin June 16th in Barrington and Glen Ellyn. Other summer locations include Addison, Carol Stream, Chicago, Elmhurst, Glencoe, Glenview, Gurnee, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Huntley, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Lockport, River Forest, and Wilmette.

IGLA offers lacrosse camps and leagues throughout the year for girls between 1st and 9th grade. For more information about the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association, including summer camps and fall leagues, visit the website at www.iglax.org.

About Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association:

Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association (IGLA) is a non-profit organization that exists to promote and educate girls in the skill, knowledge, sportsmanship and love of the sport of lacrosse. The Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association was created to offer all girls, grades 1st through 9th, the opportunity to learn and play the sport of lacrosse. For more information, visit the website at www.IGLAX.org.

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