It's hard to put into words how rewarding and the last few months have been for us at the BBLC. We started with idea about how a youth sports organization could be run, and were empowered with a mission that looks to introduce lacrosse to neighborhoods that may never have seen the sport, while emphasizing "Fundamentals, Team, Respect and Brooklyn"
The support, from community centers to equipment manufacturers to US Lacrosse itself has been overwhelming. We have been welcomed into so many neighborhoods that I can truly say our program will be an diverse cross section of Brooklyn.
We have run a number of free clinics this summer at some great facilities, and hope to take that success into the Fall.
The biggest surprise? The number of girls who have showed up and expressed interest. We were unsure of where the girls program would go this Fall, until we saw our clinic turnout...these are good problems to have.
As anyone involved with a youth sports organization can tell you, locating field space can be a challenge. Through the tireless work of our Board, we are in a very good position and will make a fantastic announcement shortly. We feel that "where we play" says alot about our commitment to local communities, and also says alot about moving beyond the stereotype of lacrosse being a private school sport.
Locating our "indoor" home during the week has been a great process, and we have met with many program directors who would love to have us. We feel strongly that an indoor session during the week is critical to developing skills.
We are excited to contribute to the growth of the sport in Brooklyn, along side other programs like Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and the Crescents. In addition, we have made some great connections with the folks at The Frederick Douglas Academy in Harlem. Hopefully, many years from now, we can all look back to this time with a sense of accomplishment.
In closing, thank you all so very much for your support, both on the ground and through social media. We have very quickly become the most "liked" Brooklyn Lacrosse program on Facebook. Online attention is fine, but a youth sports program isn't much if it cant deliver on it mission. We have been hard at work delivering this summer, and look to see many of you this Fall.
Joe Nocella, Director
On behalf of the Brooklyn Battery Lacrosse Club Board of Directors