Rye Neck Father Spearheads Fundraising for Pilot Lacrosse Program

The Rye Neck Union Free School District boasts many academic and athletic endeavors for their students to pursue. Lacrosse, however, is not one of them.

Jay Gottlieb, a father of four Rye Neck students, is hoping to change that. In a few short weeks he has raised over $25,000 of the $30,000 the district told him is necessary to fully fund a pilot program for boys’ and girls’ modified teams in the spring of 2011. Now, Gottlieb is hoping to make up the difference as the October 31 deadline for fundraising approaches.

“My oldest son, Daniel, has grown up playing lacrosse in local leagues since he was 7 years old,” said Gottlieb. “He’s in eighth grade now, and lacrosse is over for him without a program. But this is bigger than a few kids. This is the fastest growing sport in America and one that could have 50-60 kids involved every spring. It gives them even better opportunities to get into college, too.”

The proposed program, to be funded entirely through donations, would offer seventh and eighth grade students the chance to play lacrosse this spring. All funds are being held by Gottlieb until the target is met, at which point he will turn them over to the Rye Neck Booster Club Special Purpose Account. If the $30,000 mark is not reached, the money will be returned.

To assist, contact Gottlieb at 917-842-4078 or jgottlieb@tshomesales.com.


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