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Where was lacrosse listing?

June 26, 2015
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

On Sunday, Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse was the host for over 60 teams for our 15th annual tournament. This tournament included over 120 local boys and girls from grades K to 6 from our home area of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. More than 1,000 other players came from North Country teams and this year we also drew teams from Montreal, Watertown and the Capital District. People want to come here to play and visit our village.

A special thanks goes out to North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi and parks Superintendent Butch Martin and his staff for providing and maintaining the best multi field sports facility in the North Country. Just as in the summer adult Summit Lacrosse tournament, the parking lots were full again.

We would especially like to thank TLYL President Chris Grant, officers Jim Murnane, Garrick and Tracy Smith, and all the coaches and volunteers in the organization for running a first-class operation. Fifteen years ago when we scrambled to get a couple of teams to come here and play, it was always a struggle. Now when we see the Lake Placid lacrosse fields filled with players for six continuous hours and the sidelines jammed with hundreds of happy parents and grandparents, it is clear that the program has been successful. For the first time ever ,we had to turn away teams that wanted to come.

In these 15 years, we have seen a remarkable development of skills for young players and that was seen on the fields Sunday, with second-graders making multiple unselfish passes to their open teammates for impressive scoring. Due to expanding interest over the years, we have added teams for younger ages, and now even kindergarten-age boys and girls are having fun being active playing. What is even more important than the athletic improvements we see is the way our coaches have taught these children sportsmanship, respect for the game, respect for adults and respect for their teammates. These lifelong lessons will transcend individual sports and are fundamental to what our program is all about and has always been about.

TLYL is appreciative of the coverage that the Adirondack Daily Enterprise has given to our program in the past, and we understand the limited resources a small paper has. However, when checking the calendar of events last week, there was no mention of this major tournament in Lake Placid. No pre-tournament articles were run in the sports section, as were posted about the marathon and the Keene trail run. Our tournament announcement had been posted on our website for more than two months. Of course, coverage of all local sporting events here is important, but our home tournament is a major draw of thousands of people from in and out of town and should not be ignored. We are talking about 120-plus local families with kids playing in real games. We cannot remember any youth lax spring season coverage this year or tournament coverage for the last couple of years. Hopefully the staff at the Enterprise will remember that lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. and also the fastest-growing youth sport. Clearly our tournament should at least equal the coverage of 65 people on a trail run.

Kat and Bill Larzelere

Founders of Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse

Lake Placid



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