"To provide personal growth, positive life experiences, and enrichment through the participation in team sports by supporting the development of lacrosse programs in underserved communities."

Tomahawk Competes in CTYLA

April 5th, 2014

This spring, East Austin students came together to form the first team to represent their community in the Central Texas Youth Lacrosse League (CTYLA). These students come from three schools – one public, one charter and one private.  While thirty-five kids came to at least one practice to give lacrosse a try, over the course of the year, we have developed a core group of eighteen players on this inaugural team.

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The New Horizons Tomahawks is made up of both 6th and 7th graders allowing us to compete in the Junior (7th/8th) Blue Division. We are playing an abbreviated schedule against Cedar Park, Vista Ridge, St Gabriel and Round Rock. We want to thank these teams for traveling to us, allowing us to schedule all home games, and displaying great sportsmanship. We are looking forward to a competitive year and full 2015 season.

Winter/Spring Break Mini-Clinics

March 12th, 2014

New Horizons continues to work with the City of Austin Department of Parks and Recreation. During Winter Break this year we provided a mini-camp at Pan American Recreation Center for the kids at PanAm and Metz Rec Centers. About 30 kids participated in a morning of Soft-lacrosse in a gymnasium setting. During Spring Break, some of those same kids got to participate in soft-lacrosse in the open-field setting. They are pictured here.

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Our continued thanks go out to The City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department for helping the East Austin Community experience the fun and health benefits of playing lacrosse.

McCloskey accepts position as AD

February 18th, 2014

This season marks the second year that Kevin McCloskey has been working with New Horizons. He joined the program in the Spring of 2013 as a newcomer to Austin and helped coach our fledgling team. This year Kevin has taken on the role of Head Coach in our inaugural season competing in the Central Texas Youth Lacrosse League (CTYLA). This Tomahawk 7th/8th boys team is the first youth lacrosse team to be made exclusively of students living in the East Austin Community.

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In addition to his current role as Head Coach, Kevin has assumed several administrative tasks becoming an even more valuable part of the New Horizons program. We are proud to announce that Coach Kevin has recently agreed to accept the position of Assistant Director for New Horizons Lacrosse.

 

Congratulations and thank you, Coach Kevin, for all you have done and continue to do for our student athletes and the game of lacrosse for Austin youth.

 

New Horizons Hires New Youth Coach

May 9th, 2013

 

Kevin McCloskey has been hired as the youth team coach of the New Horizons Lacrosse squad!  Kevin grew up playing lacrosse in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, then went on to Lynchburg College where he played Defense for the Varsity team.

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While at Lynchburg, Kevin spent a semester studying Spanish in Xalapa, Mexico. After graduating with a degree in Spanish, Kevin went south to Arica, Chile to teach English for four months at a public high school. Passionate about organized sports and outdoor activities, Kevin is extremely excited to be passing on the positive sportsmanship and teamwork that he was taught throughout his life in athletics.

Go Tomahawks!

“Soft Lacrosse” in PE Classes

February 19th, 2013

During the 2012-2013 school year, New Horizons has renewed its commitment to outreach in public school PE classes to bring kids an opportunities to learn and play an unfamiliar but interesting sport. Eight (8) elementary and middle schools have been visited so far. Demonstrations focus on the history of lacrosse, modern regulation lacrosse and basic co-educational “soft lacrosse” skills.  As  everyone wants to play, each three-session demonstration includes indoor “3 on 3 – half-court” and outside “Indian Lacrosse” where all students are on the field together –  as many as 50 boys and girls from time to time.

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Each visit to a school is an opportunity to talk to these students not only about lacrosse, but also about healthy life-style habits and the process of preparing for college.  Over this school year more than 600 students have been introduced to lacrosse and how it might become part of their academic career as student athletes.

Thank you to the elementary and middle school PE teachers and administrators for their encouragement and support.