Oct 5, 2014 12:57 AM by Ross Field
Dozens of lacrosse players came together for the fifth annual "LAXapalooza" event hosted by the Chico Rebels Lacrosse program at Degarmo Park in Chico.
With the Rebels in the middle of the offseason, this celebration works to usher in the new year which begins in the winter.
But the kids did more than celebrate, they practiced and even watched as the Chico State lacrosse players held a clinic and scrimmage.
The Rebels have more than 140 players in their program, a handful of teams across a variety of age groups. The girls program is growing as well.
The turnout for this particular event was more than ever before, as over 100 kids were in attendance and it goes to show you, lacrosse is a growing sport among our youth.
"I think what's really exciting about it is the fast-paced nature of the sport. It's kind of a blend of soccer and hockey, very fast-paced, offense versus defense, a lot of skill, finesse and athleticism. In fact it's known as the fastest sport on two feet," said Jim Osgood, President of the Chico Rebels Lacrosse program.
Sean Hoska echoes Osgood's sentiments.
"LAXapalooza is fun because you can bring your friends who've never played out there and try and introduce them to the sport and it's growing so much in Chico."
Maddie Willman explains why she likes lacrosse.
"It's aggressive but not too aggressive and I just think it's really different than a lot of other sports out there and it's not just for boys and don't worry you're not going to get beat up on the field, it's just really fun."