Keep Lax in Jax

George Wahl II

Photo courtesy of JU Athletics

Jacksonville University’s Men’s Lacrosse team is again setting out to help the community by taking part in the “Keep Lax in Jax” fundraiser Saturday, Nov 5. The goal of the event is to raise money to keep lacrosse an active sport in Duval County Schools.

Student athletes have integrated themselves repeatedly within the community surrounding JU, which is a meaningful source of support for the teams.

“We want to show the community our support and appreciation for all they have done for our program,” said junior defenseman Tanner Gard.

Gard believes that the event will not only help a great cause but it will help the team bond, come together and build chemistry.

The school  has always exhibited a strong commitment to community service. Several campus organizations and sports teams take it upon themselves to go out and make the community a better place. It is important that, as a university, JU keeps close ties with the surrounding area so that together, in a symbiotic relationship, they can continue to grow and prosper.

“In return, this event will provide an opportunity to give back to the community but also grow as individuals,” said Gard.

As another endeavor for community outreach, JU holds free workshops to increase youth involvement in the game of lacrosse. Their mission is to expand public knowledge of the sport. Their next session will take place on November 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Losco Park, located at 10931 Hood Road S.

Saturday’s event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. The team will be running a lacrosse clinic for youth. They will also be playing a Green vs White scrimmage at about noon. The end goal of the event, after the fun and games come to an end, is to raise money for Jacksonville high school lacrosse programs. This promises to provide a positive outlet for local youth while also keeping the future of the sport alive.