SUNBURY — Shikellamy lacrosse has a new coach, new equipment and a group of dedicated parents, but the new district club sport is lacking one thing — players.

Thanks to Rebecca Schaffer-Neitz and her husband Bob, a grant the two wrote to U.S. Lacrosse was answered and the $10,000 worth of lacrosse equipment was donated.

"We were thrilled to get approved," Bob Schaffer-Neitz said. "We are very thankful and we are looking forward to getting going."

U.S. Lacrosse, of Md., primarily serves youth level lacrosse teams, and director of communications Brian Logue said the group was happy to help Shikellamy.

"One of the obstacles is the startup cost of a program," he said. "The grant program is designed to help with those costs and get the program moving in the right direction right out of the gates."

U.S. Lacrosse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to providing leadership roles in lacrosse teams across the country, according to the website.

The new equipment includes helmets, pads, gloves and sticks.

Schaffer-Neitz said the team has currently eight players and they need 15 to field a team and 22 to have a complete roster.

"We are still searching and holding clinics for kids to come and try out," he said. "We are hoping to be able to play in the spring."

Schaffer-Neitz said even if they can't field a full team, they will be out playing "practice games" until the club sport begins to take off.

The Shikellamy school board approved the hiring of volunteer coach, Mike Burns, a former Susquehanna University Lacrosse coach.

Burns said he was thrilled for the new equipment and hopes to see many more kids get involved in lacrosse.

"We are all excited for the season and we all grateful for the equipment," he said. "Now we are just hoping to get the players we need."

Angel Maisonette, 14, who attends the Shikellamy Middle School, said he was excited to be able to wear the new gear. 'It's awesome," he said. "I can't wait to get out there and play."

Blake Davey, 11, who attends Chief Shikellamy, agreed. "I love lacrosse and I am excited to be able to play."

According to Missy Young, Shikellamy Lacrosse president and mother of Noah Young, 15, a 10th grader at the high school, the Degenstein Foundation also donated $2,000 to start the program.

"We are planning to use this to purchase two game goals, backstops, field line paint machine, paint and one more practice goal," Young said.

Shikellamy Lacrosse is set to begin on March 28 at the Point Township Field, Ridge Road, Young said.

He also said the Sunbury YMCA donated the use of the gym for the past two months for lacrosse clinics.

The group has two clinics on Jan. 26 and Feb.15 at 2:45 p.m. at the Sunbury YMCA for students who may want to participate in lacrosse.

For more information on how to get involved call 570-478-1602.

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