Tampa, Florida - The game is described as a cross between hockey and soccer and it may soon be coming to Hillsborough schools as a sanctioned sport. The game is Lacrosse. During a school board workshop Thursday, the board decided to move ahead and vote to add Lacrosse to two schools at next week's school board meeting.
Currently the game is offered in 8 schools as a club sport but it's not considered a sanctioned sport in Hillsborough. Due to its growing popularity, the school board agreed last spring to explore a pilot program for this year.
The school board and HALAX the Hillsborough Area Lacrosse Alliance hashed out the numbers and who will be paying for what. HALAX would raise 140-thousand dollars. The district would possibly pay around 50-thousand and students would pay as well. It's a pay to play game and students would pay about 300 dollars. Lacrosse proponents say the sport offers students many opportunities.
Jonathan Levy, the President of HALAX, said the sport offers students many opportunities. "It's the fastest growing sport in the US right now. It's a great game, the benefits are tremendous and there are scholarship opportunities for both college and junior college." Levy said students who play Lacrosse also tend to have better grades.
The School Board will vote at Tuesday's School Board meeting. The two schools that may start offering Lacrosse are Jefferson High School and Tampa Bay Vocational Technical School. If approved, the first season begins in January.