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Fall 2017 Girls Mini Camp
by posted 10/18/2017


Dear Clipper Parents,

Registration is now open for our K through 6th Grade Girls Fall Mini Camp. This year's camp will be run by our Varsity coaching staff and their players. 

Mini Camp is open to all new and returning players currently in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Details located in flyer attached.

Registration is online only, no walk ups the day of the event. To register, please head over to our website, www.bellportyouthlax.org.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Bellport Youth Lacrosse

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Annika Johnsen Brings Lacrosse To Thailand
by posted 10/06/2017


Dear Clipper Parents,

School is in full swing, everyone has settled into their Fall schedules, and Bellport Youth Lacrosse is ready to get things moving again. More on that in the coming days.

While we were all getting our kids ready to go back to school, there was an incredible story taking place. Annika Johnsen, Bellport grad and current Messiah College sophomore, was preparing for her 10 day mission to introduce the sport of lacrosse to the children of two villages in Thailand. This was tremendous on so many levels, but it really exhibits what we all hope for our own children, that we raise them the right way to live their lives through sports for the right reasons. Annika was taught from a very early age, by two incredible parents, that you will ultimately be judged as a person not by how many goals you score, or minutes played, nor wins, but by the qualities you develop along the way. Society often conditions some to see the quality of altruism as a negative or a weakness but I’d argue its a mandatory quality that every child in our program should understand and be rewarded for achieving.

So when Jeff and Annika approached me for any form of donation we could make to help Annika’s effort (and gave me 24 hours to get it done…lol) there was no way we weren’t going to help. Luckily, that evening my returning Team 91 girls were celebrating a birthday party for one of our players. They decided that instead of gifts they were going to bring every lacrosse stick that was in their garages as a donation to Annika. Bellport Youth Lacrosse also donated balls, t-shirts, and pinnies to help with the event. In total, we sent enough equipment and supplies to field a full team.

Attached is the thank you note from Annika, a couple of pictures of the event, and a picture of the girls that scrambled to collect the equipment at the birthday party. As awesome as this story is, one more part makes it even better...There are now a dozen young lacrosse players in Thailand wearing the #29 in memory of Julia Nofi and that is why Annika continues to make us all PROUD CLIPPER PARENTS!

Sincerely,
Mike Rupolo
President
Bellport Youth Lacrosse

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Mary Mackie Commits to Mercy College!
by posted 11/15/2015


Dear Clipper Parents,
 
This amazing weekend continues with the announcement that Mary Mackie has signed her Letter of Intent to play lacrosse for Mercy College! While Mary signed her letter with her mom and dad by her side, she also attended the dedication ceremony for Julia Nofi last night.
 
As with the prior announcements, Mary has the support of a truly amazing family. The Mackie family donates their time and resources to multiple causes in our community, lacrosse only being one of them. If your child has ever played CYO basketball for Mary Immaculate, John Mackie is the man to thank for that wonderful experience. That level of support and dedication from Mary’s parents has clearly been transferred to her to achieve what she has in the classroom and on the field.
 
This year also demonstrates how one child and her family can truly change the world. Mary started playing youth lacrosse in 4th grade because of Julia Nofi. Her coach – Bob Nofi. You do not get to the level of success Mary has exhibited without a true passion for the sport. That passion was instilled in Mary by Julia and Bob. That’s the common theme here for this year’s class. One child and her father changed the lives of countless young women in our program. Julia’s memory and Bob’s continued commitment will continue to have the same impact for years to come.
 
Mary is also the perfect example of what a college coach is looking for. Incredible family upbringing, highest academic standards, and a multi-sport athlete. She’s proves the point we continually stress at a youth level. Play multiple sports. Do not let any youth program convince you that you need to specialize or play a single sport at a youth level. Mary is a three sport athlete: lacrosse, volleyball, and track. Although her passion is lacrosse, these other sports helped round her out as an athlete and actually made her a better lacrosse player.
 
As a Board, we have a tremendous amount of pride in what Mary has accomplished. As a youth program, Mary’s achievements are inspiring for dozens of young women working their way up to her level. As a community, Mary has given us an incredible gift in allowing us all to say we are PROUD CLIPPER PARENTS! We all wish Mary a tremendous amount of success at Mercy and in her career after graduation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Board of Directors
Bellport Youth Lacrosse
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Kiara Burke Commits to University of Mount Olive!
by posted 11/14/2015


Dear Clipper Parents,

This year will be an emotional one for all those involved from the beginning of the youth program, as this was the year Julia Nofi would have sat at the table to sign her Letter of Intent. While she is not here to receive that honor, we are certain she is with all of our players as they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

On a night when so many would have been tempted to focus on their own success, the Burke family decided to make it about a family that deserved to have this night with their daughter. The Burke family chose to honor a family that asks for nothing but gives everything to this sport’s community. 

Tonight, we watched Kiara Burke sign her Letter of Intent with University of Mount Olive, in North Carolina. There is no doubt that this would have been a double ceremony, as Kiara and Julia had planned to go to college together. This is where the evening left not a dry eye in the building and demonstrated the highest quality of family you can ask for in the Burkes. Kiara, her mom Kristen, and dad Jaymus, worked with Kiara’s future coach to have the Mount Olive Women’s Lacrosse #29 jersey dedicated to Julia by the team. That jersey was framed and presented to the Nofi family in memory of Julia. 

This sport is bigger than all of us and in a blink of an eye it’s over. Its too easy to fall into the trap of the ugly side of youth sports and the noise it generates. What matters most is what type of person each child develops into over the time we all have to help them along the way. What we choose to do with the time we have this gift and how we each pass that gift along to the next generation behind us speaks volumes to who we all are as individuals. Tonight, the Burke family set the bar incredibly high for all of us and passed the gift of lacrosse back to the next generation in spectacular fashion.

Congratulations Kiara Burke on your success in the classroom and on the field!! Thank you to the Burke family for an absolutely amazing effort in raising your daughter and honoring Julia this evening! Thank you to the Nofi family for giving more to this sport and community than any of us can repay you for! Tonight we are all proud to be part of the CLIPPER FAMILY!

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
Bellport Youth Lacrosse

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Bellport Senior, Ryan Schaeffer Signs With St John's
by posted 11/13/2015


Dear Clipper Parents,

It’s that time of year again, as our young men and women sign their Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic endeavors on a collegiate level. Last year we, as a youth organization, began to highlight those who played in our program and achieved the necessary academic and athletic requirements to continue their lacrosse experience collegiately. That tradition continues in earnest this year. 

This weekend we will celebrate 5 of our young athletes. First out of the gate is a young man we have been waiting to make this announcement since he started playing youth lacrosse in first grade. Ryan Schaeffer has officially signed his Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse for St John’s University. Ryan verbally committed to play for St John’s in the beginning of his sophomore year and continued to refine his skills with his teammates.

This is an important signing for all of us in the community, because as with those we have written about since last year, the Schaeffer family has done a tremendous amount for our sport locally. Mr. Schaeffer was part of the youth organization for years, serving as President. Consistent across every story we share, there was an incredible family that supported their young athlete’s growth over the years.

For those that have had sons play youth lacrosse the last couple of years, you already know Ryan, as he has ref’d our home games. What has stood out to all of us during these games is that this young man brought a level of maturity and compassion for our young players that we often find lacking in adults several times his age.

Ryan’s accomplishments on the field as a player are well documented. A senior attackman for Bellport and his travel team, his potential was recognized early and often. All County and All League honors in 2014 and 2015, Inside Lacrosse All Tournament Team, Warrior/Brine All Star Game MVP, and the list goes on.

This achievement was not handed to Ryan. The amount of work, the level of commitment, the sacrifices made by the Schaeffer family, all contributed to this next step in his journey. Tonight, we have a tremendous amount of pride to call ourselves Clipper Parents as we wish Ryan success in his senior year and his endeavors going forward.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
Bellport Youth Lacrosse

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Samantha Izzo Commits to Methodist University!
by posted 02/25/2015


Dear Clipper Parents,

Another wonderful story from our first group of youth girls to play for our league.  Samantha Izzo has committed to attend Methodist University to study Athletic Training and play for their women's lacrosse team. It is amazing to see how much success this original group of Bellport Youth Lacrosse women have had.

The Izzo family, Jeff and Kerri, have been an amazing asset to our youth league over the years, for which we all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.  This makes Samantha success even more exciting to see.

In speaking with Kerri Izzo, Samantha's decision on Methodist was a great story.  The coach at Methodist is a former D1 coach that knew the pressure and commitment on the player at that level.  The coach had seen Samantha play at a tournament and reached out to the Izzo's when she landed at Methodist.  Methodist will give Samantha the opportunity to focus on her academics while enjoying the game of lacrosse.

So today, we have another huge reason to be proud Clipper parents.  Congrats Samantha and a huge thank you to the Izzo family for everything they have done for our league!

Sincerely, 

Board of Directors

Bellport Youth Lacrosse - Girls Program

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Bellport Senior - Annika Johnsen Commits to Messiah College
by posted 01/03/2015


Dear Clipper Parents,

More exciting news to kick off 2015!  Annika Johnsen, Bellport Senior, has committed to play lacrosse and volleyball for Messiah College.  Annika is an A.P. Scholar, All Conference Lacrosse, All Conference/All County Volleyball for Bellport High School.

There is a common theme developing here with all of the success we have seen come out of our program recently, and the Johnsen family exhibits all of those qualities: 

First, academics must come first.  Collegiate coaches must recruit potential athletes based not only on their athletic ability but most importantly on their GPA.  The Johnsen family placed a premium on this requirement in their home and it paid off for Annika.  

Second, multi-sport/multi-dimensional players.  As much as the temptation is out there to focus on a single sport, we must make sure our players are provided the opportunity to pursue multiple sports/multiple areas of interest (band, chorus, clubs, etc).  Annika's commitment to play two sports at such a high level is a great example of this.  

Third, Annika's parents, Alic and Jeff, have done a tremendous job raising their kids to understand the value of hard work and the value in giving back to their community.  

We look forward to seeing the rest of the Johnsen family follow in Annika's footsteps.  Expect more of these emails in the coming years.

Thanks Annika, for giving us all another reason to be PROUD CLIPPER PARENTS!

Sincerely,

Board of Directors - Girls Program

Bellport Youth Lacrosse

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Congrats Courtney Pabst and Hailey Wagner!
by posted 11/13/2014


Photo Courtesy of Metro Digital Imaging

Dear Clipper Parents,

Big week this week for our women's lacrosse program in Bellport.  Going forward, we would like to highlight the success of our local lacrosse student athletes here on our website.

This week's Signing Day showcased the achievements of Courtney Pabst and Hailey Wagner.  Courtney signed to play lacrosse for Pace next year and Hailey signed to play for Marist.  This is an absolutely tremendous accomplishment for these two young women both athletically, as well as academically.  

There's a bigger story here.  Courtney and Hailey were part of the first group of girls to play youth lacrosse in Bellport.  Friends from a point when their sticks were longer than they were tall, to sit at the table together 10+ years later is what this is all about.

Along the way, many people helped with their success:

First, their families.  To raise two wonderful young women to stay with a sport, love that sport, and provide the positive reinforcement to keep going year after year, game after game, is tremendous.  

Next, their teammates.  We're certain that if you ask both Courtney and Hailey to highlight the many reasons why they have achieved success, they would point to the terrific teammates they have had along the way.  Bellport Youth Lacrosse takes a tremendous amount of pride that the right environment was created for our children to learn the sport, grow with the sport, and forge strong friendships along the way.

Not only did Courtney and Hailey excel on the field, but they also performed at the same level in the classroom.  The work ethic both in the classroom and the field will carry them far in life.

There is a lot to be proud of in Bellport.  Courtney and Hailey just gave us two more reasons to all be proud Clipper parents!

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Bellport Youth Lacrosse

 

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