CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - This past Saturday, Harvard Athletics hosted it's 6th Annual Youth Lacrosse Day at the Harvard Atheltics Complex, in conjunction with the Mass Bay Girl's Lacrosse League (MBGLL).
Eight teams from the MBGLL made the trip to Harvard and started the day at 8 a.m. with a series of scrimmages in Harvard Stadium, as well as on the Cummnock fields.
Following the scrimmages, the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) hosted talks for both the parents and the kids in attendance. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with a focus on changing the culture of youth sports to create a more positive, character-building experience. They work with coaches, administrators, parents and youth sport organizations to achieve this goal.
Following the talks, the kids and parents were treated to pizza as they watched the Harvard women's lacrosse team take on Penn in Harvard Stadium. To wrap up the day, the kids had the chance to meet and get autographs from the Crimson players on the field following the game.
"It means a lot to MBGLL's players to meet their mentors in the game of lacrosse and to see where all of their hard work on and off of the field could possibly take them," said Executive Director of the MGBLL, Christine Habermann. "Harvard is so generous to open up its facility to the community for their Youth Day so that young female lacrosse players can dream about their futures. From playing on Harvard's fields and having the opportunity to partake in Positive Coaching Alliance's clinics, to cheering on the Crimson players in a game and then getting to meet them – it is a terrific experience and day of lacrosse for a young female athlete that she won't soon forget."
The Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League is a out of Eastern Massachusetts, organizing a program for over 10,000 young girls' lacrosse players. The MBGLL currently represents over 80 towns with over 400 teams spanning from first to eighth grade. Their mission is to promote girls' youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes fun, while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity.