By Sarah Reynolds for The Island Connection
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is introducing a new youth lacrosse program as part of its community recreation programming on Johns Island!
These four-week sessions will take place on select dates for boys and girls ages 9 – 14 starting the week of March 2.
The clinics will take place at Haut Gap Middle School’s recreation complex, located on Bohicket Road on Johns Island.
The program will kick off with a Johns Island Lacrosse Fun Night on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. This informational session will provide background and registration opportunities for the clinic. Boys’ clinics will take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. from March 2 – 26. Girls’ clinics will be held on Saturdays at 10 a.m. from March 5 – 26. Registration is available at CharlestonCountyParks.com or by calling 843-795-4386.
CCPRC is able to offer the program by collaborating with its nonprofit component, The Parklands Foundation, and the foundation’s Pass It Forward Program, which assists with equipment and volunteer coaching for the clinics.
Coaches for the Johns Island program will include Anne Bennett and Michael Del Bianco. Bennett also serves on the board for The Parklands Foundation and founded the Pass It Forward Program.
She has coached girls’ lacrosse since 2007, including high school, middle school and recreation teams. Del Bianco coaches for the Charleston-based Chargers travel lacrosse team. He was a four year starter on the University of South Carolina’s lacrosse team and was also defensive coordinator for the SCISA State Champion Heathwood Hall Highlanders.
Haut Gap Middle School and its community recreation facility is at 1861 Bohicket Rd. Features at the facility include multi-use fields, a full-size outdoor basketball court, a softball/baseball field, tennis courts, volleyball court, a disc golf course, a walking trail, a picnic shelter and children’s playground. CCPRC manages various non-school related activities at the recreation complex at Haut Gap Middle School.
The Parklands Foundation’s vision is to identify, develop and sustain projects that actively encourage people to experience the Charleston County park system’s facilities, programs and services for the benefit of living a healthier and safer lifestyle. In 2015, the Pass It Forward program was adopted by The Parklands Foundation. With donations to the Pass It Forward program, the foundation will identify members of the community who encounter barriers to having access to park facilities, programs and services, encourage and promote the giving of donations and goods, and pass on those resources to members of the community in need.
For more information on The Parklands Foundation or to support the Pass It Forward program, visit TheParklandsFoundation.org or call 843-640-5451.
For more information on the Johns Island Lacrosse program or to register, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or call 843-795-4386.