Lacrosse association established locally

Lacrosse, America’s first and fastest growing sport, will soon no longer be a novelty on California’s Central Coast.

“Santa Barbara Lacrosse Association, Inc. (SBLA), a not-for-profit organization, was founded to promote a great game with a great history,” said President Richard (“Rick”) Lehman, M.D., a former player and long-time youth soccer, basketball and lacrosse coach.

“As a pediatric critical care physician, I am motivated to promote the health of America’s youth, which is as much a social issue as it is a medical one” stated Dr. Lehman.  “SBLA’s core mission is to provide new opportunities for local athletes to get into an active team sport — and have a lot of fun in the process.”

SBLA initial programs include introducing lacrosse to the local elementary physical education curricula, donating equipment, expanding youth lacrosse, creating a youth lacrosse league, forming high school teams and training coaches and officials.

“We are excited to be part of the rapid growth of lacrosse, and we need all the support we can muster,” said President Lehman.  “Please contact us if you would like to coach, officiate, volunteer or contribute to our organization.”

For further information, please visit the SBLA website.