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IOU Sports meets Kenosha Raptors and Lake Shore Girls Lacrosse teams

IOU Sports meets Kenosha Raptors and Lake Shore Girls Lacrosse teams

By Bernell Hooker

Milwaukee, WI May 8, 2014

I came across a group of girls who belong to club Lacrosse teams; not traditional for this area, but their looking serious and fierce.  I walked up to who I believed was the coach…she looked like a coach.  I was right, I had the opportunity to meet Coach Kate Flanagan of the Kenosha Raptors warming up at Milwaukee County Kletzch Park against Eliza Webb and her Lake Shore team (made up of suburban schools Nicolet, Whitefish Bay and Shorewood).  Both teams are new to the game, combined 5yrs), but both have the passion to coach girls who are new to the game of Lacrosse.   

After introducing myself, both women never heard of IOU Sports and what we do.  They were excited to know that we support girls and women in sports and I was there to take a few photos and learn about the teams. 

Here’s what I know.  The Kenosha Raptors Lacrosse Club for Boys and Girls youth teams is located in Kenosha, WI.  Its mission they are dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of the game of lacrosse at all levels and preparing boys and girls for the field of competition.  We are about promoting teamwork, a strong emphasis on sportsmanship, positive coaching and most important - having fun.  In doing so, we are also advancing the sport of lacrosse in the Kenosha area.  We want each and every participant to feel like they have made a contribution to themselves as well as to their respective team, both on and off the field.

The Lake Shore Lacrosse Club team is made up of several schools to form a team within the University School, Coach Webb states that they are grassroots and has established both a JV and Varsity teams and has co-oped with the schools for several years. 

What’s fantastic is that these girls found their niche in a sport that’s not so familiar in the city.  If you’re walking in a park and you see girls playing Lacrosse, stop and take the time to watch them play.  I’m sure you’ll say my daughter can do that or I know of a girl who would be interested in playing.   Plus, you may not even know the game.  This would be your opportunity to learn something new and enriching. 

If, like me, you know of a young girl or have a daughter who doesn’t seem interested in traditional team sports, look for opportunities for her to participate in fitness and a team environment in other areas, including dance, martial arts, yoga, Lacrosse etc. Encourage her to form a “walking club” with friends at school or to train with a couple of friends for a local 5k. And be sure to let her try lots of different activities, it might take a while to find the one she will enjoy the most and stick with.

Thanks Kenosha Raptors and Lake Shore for giving me a reason to walk in the park…

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Bernell Hooker

Bernell Hooker is the Founder and CEO of Images of Us (IOU) Sports; a non-profit organization that empowers girls and women through education and sports. "Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success." - Mariah Burton Nelson