If you have a new travel lacrosse athlete in your family, there’s no secret that the words “We CAN”T… We have a tournament!” is often said in your home! At this point, lacrosse is starting to be a lifestyle for you, no longer a seasonal game your kids played after the holidays. Here are five tips to help you become a pro:
1. Be realistic with your schedule.
Before committing to a travel lacrosse team, be sure to understand expectations for both players and their parents. Find one that will fit your lifestyle and budget. Also, make time for FUN! There’s nothing worse than making a fun sport a chore for your family! Be sure to use your free time for bike rides, beach days, and activities that are not lacrosse related.
2) Get your wheels ready.
Be ready to live out of your car! Some families have it down…they set up RVs, AC tents…and some even impress with large screen TVs! If you have time to rest at your hotel…do it! Enjoy the pool and the team families! If you have long hours waiting at the fields, start thinking about activities and snacks for the day. Create playlists for your team to enjoy. Bring along some games that will also allow your player to rest and stay out of the heat. Be sure you know where the closest grocery store is…not only to replenish drinks & snacks…but to grab tons of popsicles to keep your team happy!
3) Keep COOL!
One of the challenges about playing outdoor tournaments is the HEAT! It’s not just hot for the players, but for parents sitting out in the sun all day as well. Remember to apply and re-apply sunscreen and to stay hydrated. Freeze water bottles overnight before a tournament day so that you have plenty of cold water on hand. Cooling towels in the ice coolers are a hit with the kids because they end up giving them a quick chill & laughter! Cold fruit is great after games because it full of juicy coldness that is not heavy on your athlete’s tummy!
4) Be prepared for lightning!
Have that one parent that is your known ‘parent meteorologist’. You know, the one with the weather app on his phone that knows exactly where every lightning strike happened… yes.. he’s a good resource!
5) Remember to have fun.
Remember that your child is playing a sport, it is supposed to be fun! Keep the intensity under control and compliment your child’s efforts and accomplishments in the game. Travel sports can and will be an incredible experience for your entire family!
Stefun Darts is probably not on your kid’s list of idols alongside Justin Bieber or Kylie Jenner, but he should be. 24-year old Darts, who is a college student and Founder of the non-profit Caring Heart Youth, recently presented his grandparents with a check for $15,000 to pay off their mortgage and fund a Bahamas vacation. He wanted to repay them for the sacrifices they made to raise him.
For the last 6 years, instead of hanging out with friends, Darts worked multiple jobs and saved every penny to fulfil a promise he made to himself in second grade to take care of his grandparents when he became an adult.
What inspires a young adult to forsake the fun of adolescence in exchange for the opportunity to express gratitude? Where does someone like Stefun find the motivation, discipline, compassion, and drive to set and carry out this goal?
While Stefun’s devotion and generosity is profoundly moving, my research has taught me that the underlying traits he exhibits are not unique. On the contrary, the emerging generations of leaders possess specific traits that will equip them well in the 21st century, and provide great promise for us all.
If you are wondering if your child has what it takes to embark on a path of exemplary leadership, here are some clues to help you.
1: They are Socially Conscious/Committed to a Cause.
2: They Take Risks.
3. They Follow Their Passion.
4: They Develop Creative Solutions to Universal Problems.
Vision has always been a hallmark trait of a good leader, and the emerging generation is no exception. They look at the challenges that have impacted their lives, and they want to make a difference. They know how to leverage technology to promote their ideas, connect with customers, and even crowd-fund This generation is incredibly optimistic about their ability to make the world a better place.
Who to watch: 15-year old Rachel Zietz, founder of the million-dollar lacrosse equipment company, Gladiator Lacrosse. Rachel didn’t like the quality, cost, or selection of lacrosse equipment so she started her own company to make better equipment.
These are just a few young adults setting the world on fire.
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On April 6, 2016, the Boca Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) students will present their business plans before local investors at FAU Tech Runway. This event is from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Eighteen middle and high school students representing 14 businesses and social movements will have five minutes to pitch their plans to prominent business leaders in Palm Beach County. This “Shark Tank” style event will result in student’s receiving capital from Saint Andrew’s School, Florida Blue, the Office Depot Foundation, TouchSuite, Comerica Bank, Bluegreen Vacations, IBM, Flower Power & Light, Publix Super Market Charities and the Research Park at FAU.
The investor panel will include prominent executives from Palm Beach County including: Beth Johnston, Florida Blue; Angela Mastrofrancesco, Comerica Bank; Sam Zietz, TouchSuite; Diane Heard, Bluegreen Vacations; Allen Baum, Boca Bearings; Cathy Meehan, IBM and Andrew Duffell, the Research Park at FAU. Anthony Barber, FAU Board of Trustees, will be the moderator for the event.
“These students represent future innovators and job creators in Florida,” said Jenna Reed, Development Director, Golden Bell and YEA! “For the past six months they have been working on an original product or service, developed a fully functional business model and are now ready to present their ideas to the public. Local business leaders will award them funds to help launch their business which is really exciting.”
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Gladiator Lacrosse, LLC Unveils The Casey Powell Signature Collection, Its Superior Product Line of Practice Equipment
The highly anticipated Casey Powell Product Line maintains the brand’s dedication to producing the highest quality performance practice equipment by combining professional-grade and premium materials.
Gladiator Lacrosse and Casey Powell, currently a major league player for the Florida Launch, announce the successful release of their latest high-caliber product line: The Casey Powell Signature Collection. The all-new Casey Powell Signature Edition Lacrosse Goal and Casey Powell Signature Edition Wall Rebounder not only break training barriers for their first-of-its-kind performance and elegant design features, but also draw inspirational cues from the legacy of Casey Powell.
The Casey Powell Signature Collection is designed to fit the needs of today’s elite lacrosse athletes with never before used black-on-black textiles and premium elements, making the collection one of the top performing practice equipment offered today. The Casey Powell Signature Edition Lacrosse Rebounder is a durable 4’ x 3’ rebounder designed for beginners-to-advanced players and comes complete with an exclusive Casey Powell Training Guide to help players practice and improve their lacrosse skills. The Casey Powell Signature Edition Lacrosse Goal is composed of a premium 6mm braided polyester professional-grade net designed with a sturdy snap-piece frame and a lacing cord made for easy assembly. Both Signature Collection items include a Casey Powell Training Guide to maximize practice sessions with the use of the equipment. “The emphasis for the training guides were to remind players that a conditioned lacrosse athlete obtains skillfulness through dedicated practice sessions,” said Casey Powell. “The handbook is a reflection of my own personal training techniques that have helped my aiming precision and perfected my shots.”
The international lacrosse icon Casey Powell and the CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse wanted to create industry-leading practice equipment that encourages today’s athletes to rethink performance and emphasize the importance of training with durable, professional-grade equipment. “The Casey Powell Collection continues the tradition of setting the benchmark for superior design and performance,” said Rachel Zietz, CEO and Founder of Gladiator Lacrosse. “As a growing brand, Casey Powell and I recognized that lacrosse athletes want and need equipment that is truly an extension of their sophisticated style, without affecting the quality and overall product performance.”
For Gladiator Lacrosse, continuing to set a new standard for performance innovation is one of the results of working alongside brand ambassador Casey Powell. Casey Powell Signature Edition products are revolutionizing the lacrosse market, and players around the world are now able to purchase this exclusive equipment online.