It may be December, but it certainly felt like Spring on Saturday, so what better time to have the U.S. National Women's Lacrosse team in town.
"I think it's excellent for our girls," said Southwest Virginia Lacrosse Association President, Randy Polito. "They have an opportunity to spend an afternoon with the best players in the world and learn how to play the game the right way and find a role model out there. They don't have a big opportunity to interact with players of this caliber so for them to come to our backyard and spend time with us is great."
Four members from the U.S. National team hosted a one day clinic at Patrick Henry High School for girls lacrosse players in grades 3-12. There were about 90 athletes in the two sessions, coming from all the way from Lynchburg to Blacksburg and everywhere in between. Roanoke was one of just eight cities selected for the Team USA tour, and it's a step in the right direction to grow interest in the sports in Southwest Virginia.
"It's so important to help develop it here," said U.S. National team midfielder, Caitlyn McFadden, "and also other areas of the country where lacrosse is new. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the country right now. It's really exciting being a part of Team USA and just being able to share a game with these places and help them develop and get better."