Kicking off the 2020 season

March 8, 2020

The lacrosse season is officially underway! We are extremely excited about the direction it is moving and becoming strong competitors for the Illinois State Championship! We would like to thank players and parents for your support, commitment, patience, and willingness to help wherever possible to ensure we get off to a good start.  Its not easy with the late practice times, commutes to away games, and enduring unexpected weather. Know you are all appreciated!

Below is a status update to keep the momentum going:  

8to18.  Keeping extracurricular programs functioning well, much less thriving, is no easy feat.  All three B-N schools use a technology called 8to18 to support the many elements and individuals that keep these programs running.   You are encouraged to download the 8to18 App on your cellular device from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. (The lacrosse teams are listed under Normal Community High School). From the app you will be able to access:

·      updated schedule information

·      roster

·      news and team information from the coach

(Note:  Coaches may communicate team specific information with their players a different way so please check in with your son/daughter frequently.)

Treasurer Report:  FOBNL Boosters have been very active in raising the capital to fund an elite lacrosse program.  To date we have raised $64,000 based on the 2-year co-op agreement.  That is just a bit short of our $70,000 goal but we’re very optimistic it will happen. A check for $45,000 was provided to pay invoices for equipment, uniforms, and other supplies. Additional payouts will be made when incurred. Special shout out to our amazing fundraising team, parents, grandparents, family, and friends.  Without your initiative and drive we would not be in the position we are now, ready to watch our children take the field.  

Yard Signs and Decals are Coming Soon!  We have partnered with Prarie Signs to bring you the option of purchasing a lacrosse yard sign.  This is the same company that produces signs for other high school sports you have seen around town.  The designers are busy drafting a proposal and we should have more information coming out soon.  Be on the lookout for decals too.  

Sponsorships.  Thank you to the terrific local businesses who have chosen to be sponsors for the 2020 Lacrosse Season.  Please consider supporting them for their generosity.  Their donations go a long way in helping the program.  The Gold Sponsors are: Smoothie King and Orthopedics Sports Enhancement Center (OSEC). The Silver Sponsors are: Sylvester Family Dental and Clemens & Associates, Inc. It is never too late to be a sponsor so please reach out to us if you would like additional information. Also, thank you to the following business who are committed to supporting FOBNL by hosting fundraisers.  We dined, shopped and dressed in style!  They are: Luxe Boutique; Jason’s Deli; Blaze Pizza; Portillo’s.

Upcoming Events:

HY-VEE Bagging:  We have partnered with Hy-Vee to bag groceries on Saturday, March 14th from 10am-2pm. Hy-Vee will also generously donate 5% of grocery sales when a voucher is presented at check out. And that's not all, Hy-Vee will also donate 10% of the total bill for any players and/or family members who want to eat in the Market Grille before or after their shift! What an amazing and fun fundraiser!

·      Boys will bag from 10am-noon.

·      Girls will bag from noon-2pm.

·      Please sign up for shifts here

(Voucher is available on Facebook, Instagram or reach out to us for a copy)

Additional Ways to Support:  

Team Apparel Store is open!  Get your fan gear and be ready to cheer on the BN Lacrosse from the stands.  The store will remain open for the season.  Visit the FOBNL website and click SWAG in the upper right hand corner of the page to order.  

Papa John’s Pizza Promo Code.  Enter FOBNL30 and get a 30% discount online on regular menu price items like pizza, breadsticks, soda, and more. Select locations. Anyone in the community can use this code - so share it with your family, coworkers, college students, and other sports teams!  There is a pizza party bound to be happening somewhere and everybody will smile benefiting in the savings!  Use as many times as you’d like.  

Amazon Smile. Select "Friends of Bloomington-Normal Lacrosse" as your AmazonSmile Charitable Organization, and Amazon will donate 5% of your purchases back to FOBNL! AmazonSmile also works with Amazon Prime accounts.

Follow these quick steps to set it up:
1.  Visit smile.amazon.com and sign in with your Amazon account.  If you do not have an account, you can create one.
2.  Pick your charitable organization. Type: Friends of Bloomington-Normal Lacrosse
3.  Click the “Select” button next to Friends of Bloomington-Normal Lacrosse
4.  Check mark the box that you understand you must always start at smile.amazon.com -- be sure to bookmark or save the link.
5.  Start shopping! You will see that you are supporting FOBNL in the upper left corner when signed in under smile.amazon.com

Signed!  Congratulations to Jayvon Jamison who recently signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to further his education and athletic career at the University of the Cumberlands.  We have some other celebrations to make but will hold those names until after the school ceremony. BN Lacrosse is already making it's mark!

Register to receive FOBNL communications!  Every person (including players) who wishes to receive information from and send messages to FOBNL via e-mail must register using the link below and provide an e-mail address. Feel free to reach out anytime.

Again, thank you for helping make this inaugural season of IHSA high school lacrosse possible.

#sticksup

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Friends of Bloomington/Normal Lacrosse is a not-for-profit, parent-led action group focused on creating opportunities for high school athletes to play varsity lacrosse.