Students of the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy program awarded $975 to Teton Valley Youth Lacrosse Association to purchase 13 girls helmets for the start of the 2018 season. While helmets can be a controversial subject, Teton High School students are aware of the very real risks associated with concussions.
US Lacrosse currently allows players to choose whether or not to don a helmet; however, as the game evolves into a faster sport, concussions are on the rise. Teton Valley Youth Lacrosse Association believes that it is a matter of time before helmets do become mandatory. In the meantime, they want to put the safety of players first and foremost by having helmets available for girls to wear from the get-go.
The girls’ team will be playing in games and scrimmages against Jackson and Bozeman this Spring. With the Jackson girls team electing to wear helmets, it is believed that helmets are a no-brainer when it comes to protecting young brains in the Tetons. Teton Valley Youth Lacrosse Association hopes helmets will become a habit for all female lacrosse players and that by outfitting Teton Valley players from the beginning of programming, they will help set the standard for lacrosse safety.
Teton Valley Youth Lacrosse Association anticipated signups from 30 girls in the 2018 season, with approximately half playing at the competitive level. These helmets will serve competitive players first, with a plan to fund additional helmets for the entire ladies’ team going forward.