Today we’re excited to announce our November Game Grower of the Month in collaboration with Easton Lacrosse. It is our hope that the GTG Award will inspire others to give back, by recognizing those that already do!
Now without further ado, the November 2012 Game Grower of the Month is…
Kristy Sligar of Boise, Idaho
Kristy Sligar is the current President of the Idaho Chapter of US Lacrosse. We have been fortunate enough to see Kristy’s work in action as lacrosse is growing faster than ever in Idaho. When she isn’t being Wonder Woman in the lacrosse world (which is most of the time), you can find her teaching Chemistry locally in in Boise. (EN: I personally remember Kristy and my father going out each week during the season to paint and repaint a full lacrosse field just for our team to practice on.)
Congratulations to Kristy Sligar, LaxAllStars.com’s November 2012 Game Grower of the Month! To reward Kristy for her efforts, Easton Lacrosse will be supplying her with a Stealth HS Head and her choice of the Stealth Scandium+ Shaft or the Stealth RS Ultralite Shaft.
Recently, we sat down with Kristy to learn more about what she’s doing to help grow the great sport of lacrosse in and around her current residence of Boise, ID.
LAS: Can you describe the state of lacrosse in your area?
KS: Definitely growing!
In what ways are you involved in growing the sport in your area?
I am a women’s umpire for youth, HS, college club, and NCAA. I am the local board chair of the Idaho Women’s Lacrosse Umpire Association and currently the President of the Idaho Lacrosse Association (EN: What don’t you do?!).
What is the biggest obstacle for lacrosse growth in your area?
Knowledge of the game – since it is so new, it is hard to get good coaches and officials because it is very rare that someone knows something of the sport. We have all had to grow into it.
How did you get involved with the sport? Who taught you the game?
I was a high school teacher and five girls came to my room saying that they wanted to start a girl’s team because the boys were starting a boy’s team. I knew nothing of lacrosse (we bought boys sticks the first year) so had to learn with them.
What has been your biggest accomplishment when it comes to growing the game?
Keeping people that love the sport involved. It is so hard when you have people that do everything – they get burned out, you need to rotate, inspire, and get help.
Who or what inspires you most to help grow the game?
I think seeing 11 year old girls with lacrosse sticks inspires me. This is yearly proof that the sport is growing and flourishing. Also keeping track of former HS girls in their college game
What is your favorite thing about our sport? What has drawn you to lacrosse the most?
I love the acrobatic athleticism in the girl’s sport. Like basketball – really good girl players float down the field dodging left and right and make amazing moves to keep that ball. Sometimes I have to remember I am umpiring and not a fan.
Do you have a favorite lacrosse team? Favorite player(s)?
My favorite lacrosse team is the U-11 – love umpiring them – the beginning love of the sport is amazing to be a part of.
What do you do outside of the sport?
I teach chemistry at Boise State University.
If you could change one thing about our sport, what would it be and why?
Gosh – I don’t think I would change anything – other than the boys telling us girls that there are too many whistles in our game. :)
We love it! Congratulations again, Kristy! A well-deserved honor. Keep on Growing The Game!
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for Growing The Game in your area? Click here to fill out the Game Grower of the Month nomination form. We’ll be announcing the December 2012 winner very soon.