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Attleboro, Massachusetts

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S.T.R.I.V.E. Award - We are National Award Winners!

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Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team - The National Council of Youth Sports "Organization of the Year":

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In 2012 the Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team was selected as one of five finalists for the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) Organization of the Year and S.T.R.I.V.E. Award (Sports Teach Respect, Inititative, Values, and Excellence). NCYS launched a summary Web page for each of the five chosen organizations and opened voting to the general public.

More than 10,000 votes from across the country were tallied, and in the fall of 2012, the Feehan Coaches were flown to Oklahoma City to receive the award on behalf of the team at the American Softball Association Hall of Fame stadium.

Being selected by youth sports industry leaders as a finalist for the STRIVE Award was a huge honor and recognition of all the time and effort team members have spent since the start of the program working to promote the integrity and safety of the game.

Being voted as the winner by thousands of people across the country is a true testament to the ideals ingrained in all Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team players – both past and present.

S.T.R.I.V.E. Sports Teach Respect Initiative Values and Excellence

This acronym truly reflects Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team values. Their passion for the sport and their commitment to upholding the spirit of the girls’ game while ensuring the safety of players has become standard practice.

Thank you all for voting for the Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team!

Congratulations to all Feehan players for your efforts these past several years!

Remember, when you care, you can make a difference.

Here's what was said about our efforts...

People talk about concussion awareness and safety in sports. The Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team is doing something about it. In 2012, the National Council of Youth Sports and Chartis recognized their efforts and selected the team as one of five finalists for the S.T.R.I.V.E. award.

In 2008, a star player from the team was hit in the head by an opponent's lacrosse stick during a game. She received a concussion at a time when you did not hear much about concussions in youth sports. Doctors said she could continue to play whatever she felt up to playing. This was a mistake, and, unfortunately, it was months before the player was seen by a specialist who told her to stop all athletic activities.

The following season, the coaching staff, which had now seen the dangers of concussions first-hand and had been appalled at the aggressive play that had steadily worked its way into the girls’ game during the past decade, went on what would oftentimes feel like a mini-crusade to promote awareness of the dangers of aggressive play and checking.

They provided footage of that incident to US Lacrosse for use in their first-ever Rules Video that was distributed to lacrosse leagues throughout the United States. As additional players from the team received concussions in the following years, the Feehan coaches and players started major initiatives to ensure the safety of the girls on their team and in the local youth league. They also continued to escalate information to US Lacrosse in the hopes of changing the way the game was being played from a national perspective.

The coaches were in frequent contact with the head of the US Lacrosse Rules Committee, getting permission for players to wear ForceField headbands and questioning the committee chair about rules interpretations. For the past four years, coaches also provided US Lacrosse with statistics regarding the number of hits to the head that players received (and delivered) each season, summarizing the types of hits and whether umpires stop the game and card offending players.

In addition, they have highlighted areas of concern to umpire organizations at both the local and national level regarding the way the game is being played when they encountered issues during games. The Feehan coaches and their high school players promote the benefits of ImPACT® testing and while volunteering as coaches for various youth teams, they have taken their message to younger players in the local youth league. Together, they explain how it is important for players to maintain the integrity of the girls’ version of the sport as they get older, how girls are obligated to learn how to contain and check properly, and how they must fully understand and abide by the concept of the protective sphere around players' heads.

Hundreds of players have heard the message about respect for teammates, opponents, and umpires, the need to uphold the integrity of the game, and the importance of player safety from the Feehan coaching staff over the past several years. Lacrosse is a sport these players have grown to love and they help spread the word.

You’ve only got one head – protect it.

Thank You NCYS and Chartis Insurance Company for sponsoring the S.T.R.I.V.E. Award!

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Click here to read about NCYS and Feehan: http://www.ncys.org/strive

Feehan community rallies to support the girls lacrosse team

The Feehan coaching staff heard from people all over the country who were voting for our team to win the S.T.R.I.V.E. award.

Words cannot express how grateful we are to the hundreds upon hundreds of people who cast their vote for the Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team.

When we gathered with team members at the school after hearing that we'd won, families, friends, and members of the Feehan football team, Feehan soccer team, and Feehan boys lacrosse team came out to support the girls for our video.

Members of the local Tri-boro Titans youth program (whom several Feehan girls lacrosse team members had helped coach over the years) also came to say congratulations to the team.

To all of you from all of us, we say...

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State representatives send their congratulations

Massachusetts State Representatives Elizabeth Poirier and George Ross sent a letter congratulating the girls lacrosse team on being recognized nationally and winning the S.T.R.I.V.E. award.

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News of the award travels around the world

The press release announcing that the Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team had won the S.T.R.I.V.E. award traveled around the world.

That's right. News clippings about the team were spotted in a variety of media, including on the other side of the world in the Australia Business Review.

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