RFPRA Lacrosse Camp registration open


With a possible lacrosse program on the horizon for the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority, registration for youth lacrosse camp is underway at rfpra.com.

The camp is for both boys and girls ages 6 to 12 and will take place from July 20 -24 at Shorter University’s Ben Brady Field. The camp costs $55 and will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campers will receive a t-shirt and lacrosse sticks will be provided. Parents have until July 15 to register their kids.

Jason Childs, who coaches lacrosse at Shorter, will coach the camp and said it’s the best way for kids to become acquainted with the sport.

“It will develop great hand/eye coordination as well as plenty of exercise through running,” said Childs. “There will be short spurts of sprinting and longer distant running as well. But most of all, the game is a ton of fun.”

RFPRA Board Chair Caroline Blaylock, whose own child is an avid player, said lacrosse is great because it involves so many kids actively in one game.

“It is very similar to hockey in that you substitute multiple players at a time during a game making it possible for 18 to 21 kids to get playing time,” she said, adding that she hopes that youth lacrosse will take root and grow in Floyd County.

“We have a tremendous advantage that most other communities do not have in Shorter, Berry and Darlington having successful lacrosse programs for men and women,” Blaylock explained. “The RFPRA has applied for several different national grants to provide equipment for our program and hopefully this fall we will begin by hosting clinics and mini camps for kids in our community.”

For more information about the Lacrosse Camp, contact Shawn Schumacher, RFPRA Program Coordinator at 706.291.0768, or email sschumacher@rfpra.com. To register for the camp, visit rfpra.com.

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