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 2008 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its 5th anniversary season.

In its first year, TOHLA instructed 400 boys and girls during four weeks of clinics. Since then, over 3,700 youngsters have participated in the summer clinics. TOHLA instructors stress the teachings of fundamentals in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This year, in addition to our three-week long morning clinics, the town will also be running four night sessions at various locations.

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):

June 22-25 at Seamans Neck Park, Seaford, 6-9 p.m.

June 29-July 2 at Seamans Neck Park, Seaford, 9 a.m. to noon

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

July 13-16 at Speno Park, East Meadow, 9 a.m. to noon

July 20 - July 23 at McLaren Stadium, Levittown, 6-9 p.m.

July 27-30 at Rath Park, Franklin Square, 6-9 p.m.

August 3-6 at Rath Park, Franklin Square, 9 a.m. to noon.

I am also pleased to announce that the tuition for all 2009 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 783-3208 or 3205, or by downloading the form from the town's website at www.toh.li/content/rc/athletics/lacrosse.html. Please note that each participant is required to bring his/her own lacrosse equipment.

Our talented and energetic staff of coaches are 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.

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