Each pair of shoes will be donated to a non-profit organization that will help people in need of something we all take for granted!!! The other great thing about this, the organization we will be donating to pays per pound, so it is another great way to help our league. We will have a shoe drop box at Beefy's on the Green and Beefy's Backyard starting February 1. So start spreading the word and collecting old shoes and unclutter your closets all for a good cause.
Letter Writing Campaign
We are introducing an annual Letter Writing Campaign. With full participation it is expected that this will be our largest fundraising activity. This is a fairly simple and easy to do fundraising campaign to support our players and program. The funds will assist with things like facilities improvements, team travel cost, player equipment, etc.
As we progress into the season, I’m excited to have everyone on board and progressing. We’re looking forward to some great growth and success as a program. I want to get out some information regarding summer programs and my advice for such.
The real cornerstone of this program moving forward is going to be learning together and continuing to progress, focusing on team play, fundamentals, and growing as players. In the past, many kids have played for TMI, Ironhorse or other programs in the area. As I run my own programs, it gives us the ability to stick together and play club during the summer.
While the cost of other programs is pretty staggering, we are able to run club teams at cost for Smithson Valley. Mission Lacrosse, the TMI guys, are charging almost $1,000 for the summer with uniform cost included. I have hired 1st LT Pat Brennan, a 3 year Division 1 starter to run our clubs. He will be utilizing our programs model for growth and I will help to coach as well. We will be able to give the kids another view on offense and team play to increase development. The costs associated with the club team will be his coaching fees, uniforms (jersey, shorts, shooting shirt), Aptus Discovery (below) assessments and all tournament costs.
My mentor at West Point, COL Craig Flowers, is Executive VP of a company called Aptus Discovery based in Austin. Aptus Discovery has developed proprietary behavioral learning assessments that show how players define, process, and execute information and coaching. They are partnered with the NFL for the combine and a slew of top-tier NCAA D1 football and basketball programs, providing the elite athlete with this information. These assessments are given on iPads and last approximately 25-35 minutes. Cognitive and behavioral attributes are being measured and reported to the 1,000th of a second, in real time. Following the assessment, reports are processed for players, coaches and also educators to allow for each player to reach their highest potential on and off of the field. Visit their website at www.aptusdiscovery.com for more info. They usually charge an incredible amount for these assessments and due to my relationship with COL Flowers, we have been able to develop a lacrosse program with them and keep it affordable. This is an amazing opportunity for these players and should bode incredibly well for development.
We will be playing in two tournaments this summer, one in Dallas (June 6th & 7th) and one in Austin (July 26 & 27). Total cost is $649 as I assume we will have other players from the area want to join in. Our total cost for Smithson Valley is $549 and that will be completed with the coupon code of “SVCLUB”. This should give us the ability to have almost exclusively SV players and build this program into the powerhouse it is primed to be. We’ll hold practices at Jumbo Evans and will decide best day/time for that during a TBA player/parent meeting before the summer season starts. We’ll have a High School team for 9-12 grade (2016-2019 HS Graduation), Middle School (2020&2021) and a 5th/6th (2022&2023) team. If the interest is there for even younger, we can get those kids playing as well.
Thanks for sticking through this whole letter, this is going to be great for the program. Visit www.topcornerlax.com or give me a call at 619-415-5057 if you have any questions.