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Give Back Tahoe: Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club goes beyond teaching the sport

Special to the Sun
The Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club in action.
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It is a rare opportunity to introduce a new Youth Sport to a community. That opportunity brings with it the responsibility to ensure the sport develops in a manner that serves the community beyond merely teaching basic, sport-specific skills. The Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club has emerged as an advocate of building character through building a broader sense of “tribe.”

It’s tempting to quote inspirational promises about using team sports as a vehicle for producing upstanding young adults, but actions and results are far more convincing.

Since its formal inception in 2013, the Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club has grown rapidly in size, adding players, age brackets, coaches, and a Girls program.

Roughly 130 Truckee boys and girls participated in last spring’s Youth season, supported by over 20 volunteer coaches. Parents have attributed that success to the Tribe’s disciplined-yet-positive learning environment and a focus on effort as opposed to talent.

While lacrosse, a Native American Indian game dating back centuries, had been introduced to Truckee several years prior to the formation of the Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit, it wasn’t until the local lacrosse community came together as a single entity with a stated philosophy and code of conduct that the ranks of players jumped. Both can be found on the club’s website, TruckeeTribe.club.

Perhaps the greatest hurdle the club faces is ensuring that, as lacrosse grows, the focus remains on the needs and wants of the kids, despite the pressures that so frequently descend when adults inject their own priorities. Thus far, the “Tribe Vibe” has only strengthened and continued to attract like-minded families.

For more information, contact Pete Halberstadt, Truckee Tribe Board President, at Pete@TruckeeTribe.club.