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Around the Town: April 16, 2010

Lacrosse Academy

The warm weather is here and summer is right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan your child’s summer activities. Fresh off a successful 2009 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its sixth anniversary season.

More than 1,200 youngsters graduated with honors from the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy last summer. Weeklong clinics at nearby town parks team top flight coaches with aspiring players to improve skill level and enhance enjoyment.

All clinics are open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 15, who are residents of the Town of Hempstead. Once again, TOHLA has “lined up” quality instructors, including local high school coaches and players from high-profile universities.

Clinic locations and dates are as follows (all clinics run Monday to Thursday, except Oceanside Park location, which runs Tuesday to Friday):

June 21-24 at Seamans Neck Park, Seaford, 6-9 p.m.

June 28-July 1 at Seamans Neck Park, Seaford, 9 a.m. to noon

July 6-9 at Oceanside Park, 6-9 p.m.

July 12-15 at Speno Park, East Meadow, 9 a.m. to noon

July 19 –22 at McLaren Stadium, Levittown, 6-9 p.m.

July 26-29 at Rath Park, Franklin Square, 6-9 p.m.

Aug. 2-5 at Rath Park Franklin Square, 9 a.m. to noon.

I am also pleased to announce that the tuition for all 2010 lacrosse summer clinics will be the same as in previous years. The four-day, 12-hour clinic is affordably priced at $60 per participant per week with a discounted rate of $45 for each additional family member.

Registration forms are available by contacting the academy office at (516) 783-3208 or 3205, or by downloading the form from the town’s website at Please note that each participant is required to bring his/her own lacrosse equipment.

Our talented and energetic staff of coaches is eager to teach youngsters who are new to the great game of lacrosse, as well as those with more advanced skills.

No prior lacrosse experience is needed to participate. The goal of the clinic instructors is to provide a fun atmosphere and make each student a better lacrosse player by teaching the fundamentals of the game. I hope to see you and your child this summer at a Town of Hempstead lacrosse clinic.