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Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club Expands its Outreach and Announces Expanded Scholarship Program

Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Free Beginners Clinics in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

As they say, “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” 

The Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club (BCLC), Brooklyn’s oldest premier youth lacrosse organization announced today its renewed commitment to bring diversity to the game with the addition of several new initiatives.  The team will be hosting clinics in several communities throughout Brooklyn and New York City with the specific intent to put sticks on boys’ and girls’ hands that may have never seen or played the game before.

Since its founding in 2006, The Crescents team, players, coaches and extended family have strived to represent the diversity of Brooklyn.  Lacrosse has long been saddled with the image that it is the game of the elite, the prep schools, the Ivy League.  Many teams lack diversity.  The disparity between the number of girls playing versus boys is a wide chasm. While this may be true in many cases, it is not the case with the Crescents.

Building on the legacy of Kevin Graham and the Brooklyn Admirals, the Crescents have had great players in Flatbush, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and beyond.  There are little sisters looking at those sticks perhaps intimidated because they have never seen another proud female athlete strap up the goggles.   As The Crescents prepare for the spring 2013 season they want to let those kids in the sometimes forgotten neighborhoods that the Crescents represent them as well.

Board Member Dan Sheff added, “Sports have always been a great way for kids to come out of their shell and comfort zone.  The color of your skin, the place where you live don’t mean very much when you’re man down with the game on the line.  At that point we are all brothers and sisters.  We want take that feeling comradery and create a truly inclusive team.  Now we know a kid in Crown Heights may be just as reluctant to come to Bay Ridge to play ball as a kid from Brooklyn Heights may be to come to Nostrand Avenue for a scrimmage.  So we are going to where the kids are and show them first-hand how great this game is.”  Thanks to FT. Greene Sports, the Crescents will be sponsoring a free beginner’s clinic in FT Greene for boys and girls ages K-8.  No equipment is necessary.  The clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the School for Career Development, 510 Clermont Ave on Saturday February 23rd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Register here.

The Crescents also announced new additions to their scholarship program.  It has always been The Crescents policy that no player will ever be turned away for financial reasons. Thanks to Modell’s and Harrow Sports that just got a little easier.  Thanks to a new partnership Crescents players will receive discounts on equipment from New York sporting goods mainstay, Modell’s (sings “Gotta Go To Mo’s). 

In addition Harrow Sports has donated 25 sets of equipment which will save Crescents families thousands of dollars collectively.

More information on clinics, the scholarship program and the spring schedule can be found at brooklyncrescents.com.

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an jonesv March 06, 2013 at 10:45 PM
My son, Asante' has been with the crescents for three years. In years past due to illness(his and his dads), and financial limitations, we were unable to attend "away" games. This year, my husband has received his much needed kidney transplant and Asante's asthma and allergies are more under control than ever, so..... hopefully we'll be able to attend the games this year.
an jonesv March 06, 2013 at 10:57 PM
By the way, Iwould like to publicly thank the entire operation and those behind the operation that is known as brooklyn crescents lacrosse team. Asante LOVES the sport and therefore doesn't mind giving up his sundays of rest to get out on the field. Thank you again! That fall day in 2010 when Icame out from my job across the street from the park and saw children running around, having fun. I went over to inquire. At the time, Ibelieve, it was jessica Ispoke with. She advised me that they were playing lacrosse, and gave me the info and the rest is history! We love it and AGAIN WOULD LOVE TO THANK THE CRESCENTS FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY u guys truly are what "family" is ALL about!
Dan Sheff March 07, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Mrs. Jones, thank you for your kind words. You and your family will always have our support. Once a Crescent, always a Crescent. The Crescents are a family! Dan Sheff Co-Founder Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse

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