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Nov, 2019

Florida Rush Soccer and Lake Lacrosse Join Forces to Provide Kids a Chance to Play Multiple Sports


Orlando, FL – Florida Rush Soccer, a leading provider of youth soccer programming, coaching education and tournament management is joining forces with Lake Lacrosse and US Lacrosse (USL) to launch a new youth developmental lacrosse program. Florida Rush Lacrosse (FLRushlax) will be based out of the Orlando Health National Training Center (NTC) in Lake County for youth ages 6-14 years old. 

Florida Rush President & CEO Richie Gray believes the USL Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM) is perfectly aligned with our current US Soccer player development model that we’ve been implementing for years. 

“Single sport specialization, which has swept the country, is leaving kids on the sidelines,” stated Gray. “Our leadership team recognizes the benefits of youth sampling a variety of sports – more options mean more kids will find a sport they like and most likely they will play sports longer throughout life. There’s a lot of cross-pollination between these two sports, so introducing lacrosse to our 1800+ soccer families will create an immediate benefit for youth athletes in our community.”

"Lake Lacrosse is excited about partnering with Florida Rush Soccer to add Florida Rush Lacrosse,” stated Chris Gourdie, President of Lake Lacrosse. "Florida Rush is a top-notch sports organization that has the resources needed to grow the sport of lacrosse. Rather than trying to get kids to pick one sport over another, we will be able to provide an opportunity for them to be able to play both, by working around each other's seasons. "

“The partnership between Florida Rush Soccer and Lake Lacrosse to form this new developmental program will be a game changer for youth athletes in the region,” said Lou Corsetti, southeast regional director for US Lacrosse. “There are numerous benefits of being a multi-sport athlete and we’re excited to introduce the sport, starting with the upcoming TryLax clinic, to youth athletes in the community.”

“We are thrilled to welcome this new collaboration with Lake Lacrosse, US Lacrosse and Florida Rush Lacrosse to our facility,” commented Kim Couch, director of the NTC. “We share a common goal of exposing youth to sports at an early age to develop a lifetime of physical activity.  Exploration of a variety of sports is so important and growing lacrosse in Lake County on our Orlando Health South Lake Hospital campus will be a tremendous benefit for our community.” 

FLRushlax in partnership with US Lacrosse, will launch this new initiative on December 14, 2019 by hosting a TryLax™ Clinic at the Orlando Health National Training Center from 1-2:30pm. TryLax™ clinics are a 90-minute, introductory lacrosse experience for kids who have never played before, but are thinking they might want to try the sport. The clinic features US Lacrosse designed curriculum delivered by coaches from local lacrosse programs. Players can register online at

About Florida Rush Soccer:  

Florida Rush Soccer provides soccer programming, coaching education and events management to 1800+ families in the Central Florida area. Formed in 1971 as a 501(c)3 youth sports organization, Orange County Soccer Club dba Florida Rush Soccer has become a model for Youth Soccer in Florida and committed to providing all players an equal opportunity to explore their potential and pursue positive outcomes through sports on and off the field.

Rush Soccer represents more than 40,000 youth soccer players globally. We continue to grow in a thoughtful manner, and welcome others to join our organization who share our vision of developing healthy youth through the game of soccer

To learn more about Florida Rush, visit or contact our President & CEO, Richie Gray at [email protected]

About US Lacrosse:

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing team sport. US Lacrosse, which coordinates all activities of the U.S. National Teams Program, has nearly 450,000 members across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. For more information, please visit or follow @uslacrosse on social media.

Office Info

Rush Soccer Club
1 East 33rd Street, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10016

Email: [email protected]