Summit offers free lacrosse clinics to the community

Summit Charter School will host three lacrosse clinics for boys and girls in grades 3-5 and 6-10 on Saturday, February 29, Saturday, March 7, and Saturday, March 14. The clinics are open to the public and will take place at the Summit Soccer Field in Cashiers.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of the sport in a safe and fun setting. Clinics will be coached by Summit Head of School Kurt Pusch and community members Brien Peterkin, Jr., Ben Elmer, Jim Dunn, and Sarah Jennings. 

“Summit is excited to host a series of lacrosse clinics to introduce the sport of lacrosse to youth in our community,” saiud Pusch. “Lacrosse is a fast-paced, physical, but graceful team sport that shares similarities to basketball, soccer, and hockey in the game’s strategy, skills, and style of play.”

The cost to participate is free, equipment is provided, and participants can sign up for one day, two days, or all three.

Pusch added that Lacrosse is a sport that’s on the rise.

“Over the past twenty years, lacrosse has seen significant growth in popularity in the southeastern United States, including as nearby as Asheville,” he said. “We’re excited to share the sport in the Cashiers-Highlands community, and are already seeing a lot of early interest. Our goals with our upcoming clinics are for the players to have fun, learn the fundamentals of the game, and hopefully discover a new interest in lacrosse. The clinics are open to the public for girls and boys in 3rd through 10th grade. We look forward to the interest that may develop through these initial clinics, and potential future opportunities for our kids to play lacrosse here on the mountain!”

One of the reasons Summit is able to offer the clinics at no charge is due to the generosity of Camp Merrie-Woode and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, who are loaning lacrosse equipment to Summit.

“We want to extend our gratitude to Jim and Denice Dunn of Camp Merrie-Woode and Jeff Miles of Rabun Gap for letting us borrow their equipment,” said Pusch. “We are thrilled to have their support and partnership.”

Click HERE for more information. Clinic times have been set to avoid conflict with the rescheduled Jackson County youth basketball games and include 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (3-5 grades) and 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. (6-10 grades). The Summit soccer field is located at 370 Mitten Lane. For further questions, please call 828.743.5755.

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