Save Lacrosse 2009 / 2010

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To: Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Ginny Fay Aitkens
Don Sedgwick
Dore J. Gilbert
Nancy W. Kirkpatrick
Suzie R. Swartz
Trevor Geller
SVUSD - High School Principals

Board Members,

It has come to the attention of the Saddleback Valley Community that the status/ and or funding of C.I.F. lacrosse is in jeopardy of being eliminated throughout the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. This will have a devastating effect on hundreds of players, their families, fans, and upcoming lacrosse players.

We are asking you to:
Not Eliminate Lacrosse from the Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Not Eliminate Lacrosse funding from the Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Please consider:
Lacrosse is considered to be America's first sport, born of the North American Indian,
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States.
Lacrosse carries large rosters allowing many HS men and women to participate
Youth participation in the sport has grown over 500\% since 1999 to nearly 250,000
No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years
There are now an estimated 200,000 high school players.
Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last six years at the NCAA level
There are more than 500 college club programs, including nearly 200 women's teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level, giving many opportunities to lacrosse players
Many former SVUSD lacrosse students have benefited from scholarships and opportunities to play in college.

Possible Solutions:
Look for ways to cut expenses within the lacrosse budget (Competitive bids for field lining etc.)
Take proportionately from each sanctioned sport distributing the budget burden out for the least impact.
Consider the budget cuts that have impact on the least amount of SVUSD students and families.
If you are not willing to have the other sports shoulder the budget crunch alongside lacrosse, please continue to sanction C.I.F. lacrosse and allow programs to self fund