DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Lacrosse team has made a significant to help grow the sport of lacrosse within the Dover community. Last week, the team spent a day of their spring break at Central Middle School helping teach and coach girls lacrosse to nearly 60 middle-school students.
It has been a primary objective for Head Coach Aimee LeClair to grow the game in Dover since her arrival at Wesley College. "It's about being visible and accessible and showing these local girls that there are opportunities for them to play women's lacrosse," said the coach. "I think all of our players and all of the girls involved enjoyed it!"
The Wolverines helped to guide the students through several fundamental drills, helping with technique and form, and giving one-on-one instruction. "We focused on the basics and making sure the player to coach ratio was as low as it could be so that the students could get the individual attention and coaching that they needed," said LeClair.
Several of the Wolverine players were excited by the opportunity to help grow the sport locally and enjoyed coaching the game they love. Freshman Paige Brehm said, "It was fun. I love teaching this game and the kids were really fast learners. This is something that my role models did for me when I was younger, so for me to help these kids was awesome."
Junior Francesca Benitez took to heart the attitudes of the middle-schoolers as they worked to become better players: "They were so excited to get to work and they had so much fun. It reminded me to have fun while playing and that mistakes don't matter, but how you recover from those mistakes.
Goalkeeper Savannah Clough saw the opportunity as a chance to build her experience as a coach. "Coaching is one of my goals in the future because I hope to have a positive impact on girls like this," said Clough. "The girls had so much potential, they can only get better with continued support and guidance."
The diversity of the Wesley roster was reflected by the different students learning the game, and LeClair thought that those similarities lended to the experience, "Our roster is so diverse and our differences make us a better team. I think that when these girls see women who look like them playing this sport they think to themselves, 'I can do this too!'"
"We don't usually get the opportunity to stay local during our spring break," said LeClair, "But since we did this year, it was important for us to give back to our local community."