LAXtravaganza will be held April 1Event aims to gather current players and recruit newcomers
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
The Rosemount Youth Lacrosse program has been picking up steam since 2008. In its relatively short existence it has grown to serve more than 200 girls and boys in kindergarten through 10th grade.
To build excitement around the program and to bring the lacrosse community together, the Rosemount Youth Lacrosse program will host its first LAXtravaganza from 1 to 4 p.m. April 1 in the Rosemount Community Center gymnasium.
The expo-type event will offer a wide range of vendors and opportunities to meet with lacrosse players.
Board member and event organizer Jennifer Wilson said the event is aimed at generating excitement and awareness of lacrosse. Open to the community, Wilson said they hope to bring in newcomers to the sport.
Wilson said the event will be much like a hockey expo in that vendors will be on hand with equipment for purchase. The Rosemount lacrosse program will have local merchandise available such as t-shirts. Vendors will include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Homegrown Lacrosse, Lavin Lacrosse, True Lacrosse and Westwood Sports.
Orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth will offer free mouth guard fittings and the National Dizzy and Balance Center will conduct concussion testing.
Wilson said the event will include appearances by players from the Minnesota Swarm and University of Minnesota Women’s Lacrosse team. Players from the high school teams will be at the event too.
Wilson said the program has a wonderful relationship with the high school.
The event also will serve as the mandatory pick-up location for Minnesota Swarm tickets for the April 14 game that current Rosemount players will attend as a group.
Wilson said the event has been fun to plan and she hopes to get good attendance. In the future she said the board hopes to make the event bigger and better. This year the board hopes to break even with the event, but Wilson said they hope LAXtravaganza will eventually become a fundraiser for the organization.
The lacrosse season will start in the coming weeks as the city’s athletic fields become available. The program offers spring and summer seasons.
Since it started in 2008 Wilson said the Rosemount Lacrosse program has experience a lot of growth both in the number of kids playing and support from the community.
“We have experienced great growth and success over the last couple of years. It has been fun to be part of,” said Wilson of the Lacrosse program in Rosemount.
For more information on Rosemount lacrosse programs visit rosemount-aaa.org/lacrosse.