Wall Ball Challenge Tops $20,000 for First Stick Program
By Brian Logue
SPARKS, Md. — The US Lacrosse #WallBallChallenge has already raised more than $ 20,000 for the US Lacrosse First Stick Program in its first month. The challenge encourages lacrosse players to use the US Lacrosse Wall Ball app, powered by SNYPR and sponsored by LaxWorld, and secure sponsors for donations to the First Stick Program.
“We are extremely pleased with the first half results of the Wall Ball Challenge,” said Doug Appleton, SNYPR’s CEO and co-founder. “In the first 5 weeks we have recorded nearly 2 million wall ball reps, 18,000 wall ball sessions from 6,000 Challenge participants, while pledging over $ 20,000 to the First Stick program to provide equipment for new players. It’s been very rewarding to have created innovative technology that inspires players of all ages and abilities to play more, have fun and give back to a great cause.”
“We are thrilled by how the national lacrosse community has taken hold of the Wallball Challenge,” said Susie Chase, vice president of philanthropy and partnerships for US Lacrosse. “US Lacrosse understands the passion lacrosse players have for their sport; for their own improvement and for their desire to help pass the game on. The SNYPR app gave us the chance to connect US Lacrosse’s mission to grow the game with the most basic way to improve your skills. We are really proud of each one of our participants and grateful for every dollar that has been pledged to the challenge. 2 million reps is right around the corner!!”
Brayden Stroh (pictured above) was the first player to hit 10,000 reps and received a prize from SNYPR, but decided it pay it forward, donating a collection of sticks that SNYPR distributed to a First Stick program. The U.S. women’s national team even took the challenge to England on its recent foreign tour.
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And young players at tournaments around the country have been diving into the challenge.
The US Lacrosse First Stick program, which provides comprehensive assistance, including protective equipment and sticks, to benefit new and developing youth and high school lacrosse programs across the nation.
Anyone can participate in the Wall Ball Challenge, although players under the age of 13 are required to provide parental consent and further information for validation. Participants can download an iOS or Android mobile app that uses algorithms and sensors in the phone to count wall ball reps. Players must use a sleeve or sock to attach their phone to their upper right arm in order for the app to count their reps. The sleeve can be a sock with the toe cut off, a soccer shin guard compression sleeve, or a SNYPR sleeve, as long as it holds the phone tight to the upper arm. More information and links to purchase SNYPR sleeves can be found www.uslacrosse.org/wallball. The sleeves are also available at www.LaxWorld.com, which is helping to promote the challenge at events around the country this summer.
SNYPR is a Silicon Valley start up company founded in 2015 to create a multi-sport practice platform for youth athletes. SNYPR uses wearable technology to improve a player’s skills and confidence by making practice a fun, social game. SNYPR launched their first mobile app for lacrosse in 2016, which uses sensors in a phone to automatically track a lacrosse player’s reps while playing wall ball or having a catch. Players compete and connect with friends, and coaches create practice programs for their teams. More information about SNYPR is available at www.snypr.com.
First Stick Program
The First Stick Program provides comprehensive developmental resources, equipment, and coaches training to awarded teams, with the ultimate goal of developing self-sustaining programs that operate by US Lacrosse national standards and best practices.