We wanted to share a quick thank you to those who attended the informational ‘town hall’ we hosted a couple weeks back. We were energized by the group that attended in person, but even more so by the nearly 1,000 views of the Facebook Live recording of the event. It was exciting to see the video being shared and comments of support being made by those inside and outside of our community. We wouldn’t use “viral”, but it was surprising and exciting to see so much support coming through for high school lacrosse in Bloomington/Normal.
Over the last couple weeks, we have also been working behind the scenes to get an audience with the administration and school boards of both districts to get our story told and make our pitch. They have agreed to meet with us to discuss so we are excited about that opportunity.
Before the end of the month we will have met with the Unit5 administration and expect to meet with the District87 team as well. Our focus is to demonstrate our efforts to date, show the support we have from the community (both financially and in spirit), and outline our intentions to move forward for the benefits of our student athletes.
We believe strongly that we can and should be competing with the 163 teams (with more expected to file paperwork before the 2/1/19 deadline to play) in the IHSA Spring 2019 campaign.
So what’s next? GET THE WORD OUT
With our upcoming discussions with the administrations, we are reaching out to ask for your support by signing our petition (virtually of course). As we have been socializing our effort, it has become clear that many in the Bloomington-Normal community, including the Unit 5 administrators and board members, are not aware that there is a club lacrosse in the community…or its strength and passion for the game. Using the power of the Interwebs, our team has developed an on-line petition with Change.org so we can get our voices heard by the districts. Friends, families…anyone can share their support so please pass this along to any and all that support our mission.
Sign on to our petition here:
Additionally, we have also been looking at some of the ‘materials and supplies’ we need to launch the program. Based on the financial pledges and support from a local foundation, we are positioned very well to start acquisitions and source equipment. With that said, we need to all be ready so when the districts say “GO”… we’ll need to get donations in place before the end of the year to cover the start-up expenses of the co-op. More to come on that when the time is right, but just wanted to share that as a reminder.
We hope that all have a great Thanksgiving break, we’ll share more before the end of the month.