East Valley Girls Lacrosse League offers girls the chance to learn and play the sport
A few years ago, Dan Hill’s then 11-year-old daughter, Lauren, decided that she wanted to play lacrosse. Although Hill was happy to let her play, he was not particularly fond of making the long drive to Scottsdale for practices and games.
However, at the time, Hill notes, Scottsdale was pretty much the only place in the Valley that offered girls the opportunity to play lacrosse.
In order to provide Lauren and other girls with the chance to play the game—and to save him the frequent drives to Scottsdale—Hill was inspired to co-found the East Valley Girls Lacrosse (EVGL) league, which serves Chandler, Ahwatukee, Tempe and Gilbert.
“We started EVGL two years ago with nine youth players, and this season we have about 60 girls signed up with another 40 at the high school level,” says Hill. “The recreational team plays in the fall and the spring, and we also have a competitive travel team that attends tournaments in California and New Mexico.”
In addition to leagues for the older girls, Hill has given even younger girls (kindergarten through eighth grade) the opportunity to experience the fun of playing lacrosse, having recently helped launch the Arizona Girls Youth Lacrosse league (AGYL), which just started its first season, and currently serves as President.
“There’s not really a whole lot of field sports available to girls, and we’re pretty proud to bring this opportunity to the community here in the Phoenix Metro area,” says Hill. “Lacrosse is a lot of fun and it combines the best parts of a lot of different sports.”
In addition to being an incredibly fun game, Hill says there are also plenty of benefits to playing lacrosse as a young child—some of which extend into the young adult years.
“Kids benefit from the exercise of playing a field sport, the friendships of teammates and for some, the opportunities to play at higher levels—for example, ASU is starting a Division 1 program,” he says.
For more information, please contact Hill at Dan.Hill@EVGL.Club, or visit EastValleyGirlsLax.com.