Professional Lacrosse Players coach inner city youth athletes in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Professional Lacrosse players from around the country brought their expertise to Birmingham and held a free clinic for grade school students.

“Lacrosse for me, I’ve always seen it as an opportunity. I started playing when I was really young and was fortunate enough to play in college and professionally, so it’s really opened tons and tons of doors for me and I’ve seen what it can do for other people as well” says Chazz Woodson, co-founder of Sankofa Lacrosse and a Major-League Lacrosse and Team USA veteran.

The Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association has been serving youth in Birmingham for six years and was influential in getting this clinic to come to the city.

“When I first talked about having a lacrosse team in the inner cities, people were like, you can’t do that, boys play basketball, they don’t know how to play lacrosse” says Len Gaving with GBYA.

Now, six years later, the program has students from all over the city, ranging from elementary all the way to high school, participating in the sport.

“By and large, what you find in the lacrosse community is that when kids get introduced to the game, they are around good people. There are a lot of good people in this sport” says Woodson.

GBYA held a free registration on Saturday for students interested in the sport. It was held at the West End Public Library from 10am-1pm. There are future registration dates as well. Check back for updates.


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