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BLC Launches Winter Indoor Lacrosse

We are happy to announce our first indoor winter training program open to boys and girls ages 6-19 years old!  Train in a brand new high-end indoor turf field facility conveniently located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with some of the best, most experienced coaches on Sunday mornings starting December 2nd.  More information.



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BLC x NU x HBO

 The Nation United Ambassadors visiting HBO for a GenHBO event. Photo by @khawest

The Nation United Ambassadors visiting HBO for a GenHBO event. Photo by @khawest

I got wind of Nation United (NU) being in the tri-state area via an instagram DM from my good friend Shawndel Evans. The post showed some of their ambassadors interning at Blueprint Capital. Having spoken to NU Coach, Troy Kemp, several times, I called him and asked if they’d be interested in coming to HBO (my day job) for a tour. Troy immediately put me in touch with Nation's Director of Programs and Outreach, Jeremy Ardrey. We started throwing dates around and landed on June 26 as the day. It conveniently coincided with an event GenHBO (one of HBO’s employee resource groups) was having, where a panel of media executives were discussing the state of the industry and how it affects the younger generation of content consumers. I also happened to be shooting that GenHBO event, so it was an easy fit. 

The NU ambassadors arrived promptly at 5pm, and we went to the bistro, where I  got to know them individually, including their hometowns, aspirations, viewpoints, and personalities.  After breaking the ice, we went to the HBOtheater, to listen to the panel discussion.  The attendees received some swag (a Curb Your Enthusiasm cap) and the discussion ensued. The theater was filled to capacity with HBO and NBC employees, and the conversation was a healthy mix of technical and business topics on today’s content landscape in Media/News Entertainment.  It was very much on-par with the topics I primed the NU guests with, while talking in the bistro. There I’d asked them if they knew of the AT&T acquisition of TimeWarner and its implications. Several of them knew bits and pieces of the details, so I filled in the gaps, speaking about AT&T’s global presence and their infrastructure being an ideal distribution mechanism for TimeWarner content properties (HBO, CNN, etc.) The panel discussion in the theater ended on another topic that I broached with the young men, as well; the emergence of diversity as an important component in the workplace. One of the NBC executives championed diversity, by saying that he felt the only way to get the best result in business was to have multiple, diverse voices at the table.  I related the Iroquois “Story of Lacrosse” to the young men, during our icebreaker, noting the Iroquois story’s highlighting of diversity, in the variety of animals as protagonists, and how the smallest of those animals were the ones who became the heroes. All relevant and in keeping with the panel.

After the panel discussion, the ambassadors got to network with all of the event attendees, for the next hour. I stepped away for a moment to handle something at my desk, but I returned to see the young men holding court with a variety of NBC and HBO employees, building relationships and making connections. As The event came to a close, I thanked them for representing themselves and their hosts with the utmost integrity and told them they have a new uncle in New York. Indeed they do!  I Salute you all for your commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to embark upon success!!!!

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Summer Play in Downtown Brooklyn

Right in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, we'll be hosting summer play on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm*, starting July 7 through August 25, come get your play on at McLaughlin Park's turf field. We've sliced the time into the following 1-hour slots, to try and serve all:

10am-11am: Open Programming (Clinics, etc. Open to players to work on your skills, footwork, face-offs. Coaches may or may not be available during this time. Any clinics will be announced prior to the session.)

11am-12pm: Girls Open Play

12pm-1pm: Boys 15+ Open Play

Hope to see those of you who are in town, wanting to improve your skills and prepping for Fall Ball!

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Thanks Joe!

Junior lacrosse phenom, Stone Evans, sending off Joe Nocella for his leadership efforts in growing the game in the City of New York, with the Brooklyn Lacrosse Club, and welcoming Khalid West into the role of Executive Director.  The video message was sent to us from the Evans family, in honor of Joe stepping down from an illustrious tenure.  It was presented at the May 31st, 3rd Annual Spring Fundraiser event.

Thank you to all who came out to show support and to all who contributed in any way they could. Joe most certainly felt the love. 

Feel free to continue to donate to our cause via GoFundMe.  For the full event recap, check here.

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