The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation’s girls’ Lacrosse Program has proven to be beneficial to young women in many ways, as it’s given them a new avenue to be active, challenged, while having fun at the same time.

The fall lacrosse season begins in October, and registration is now open until Sept. 25. There are nine County parks participating: Loma Alta Park in Altadena; Charter Oak Park in Covina; Valleydale Park in Azusa; Bassett Park in La Puente; San Angelo Park in La Puente; Rimgrove Park in La Puente;  Belvedere Community Regional Park in East Los Angeles; Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles; and Saybrook Park in East Los Angeles.

For more information, please email Recreation Service Leader and Lacrosse Coordinator Gabriel Fowler at: gfowler@parks.lacounty.gov.

“Girls lacrosse is definitely a team sport and participants are learning to work with each other in a collaborative and respectful way, which gives them the experience they need to be successful in life and future relationships,” Fowler said. “The girls’ Lacrosse Program also provides discipline, and gives its participants a good work ethic, which ultimately builds character.”

When the girls’ Lacrosse Program was started in fall 2015, a major goal was the potential opportunities it could bring to its players, coaches and communities. For instance, the teams established at Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park in La Crescenta and Loma Alta Park in Altadena have been able to play and take photos at the Los Angeles County Memorial Coliseum, meet college players and receive autographs. This has had a positive and lasting impact on their lives.

For some young ladies who are new to the sport, they’ve put in much practice and effort and have received full or partial scholarships to play on a club team coached by a U.S. lacrosse hall of famer – Michelle Uhlfelder. They also are being coached by former collegiate champions, as well as other coaches and players.

Many girls who have never played a sport – or maybe tried one but felt timid or shy – have become excellent players on the field. Without a doubt, the game has allowed young ladies across the County to be well-conditioned, vocal and assertive in a safe and fun environment.