Youth Gear: Philly’s LEAPS program is spreading lacrosse to inner city boys and girls

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 3/5/12

In just over three years of operation, the LEAPS (Lacrosse Education Attitude Perseverance Success) program, a 501 c 3 non-profit foundation, has spread the game of lacrosse throughout the Philadelphia region’s inner cities and underserved areas.

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LEAPS ( was founded by John Christmas, Eric Gregg and Billy McKinney, former professional players from the Philadelphia region. Christmas is now working as a coach and lacrosse trainer in San Francisco and continues to spread the game to youths in underserved areas.

Eric Gregg – “The LEAPS curriculum has been taught to 15,000 boys and girls and counting in Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington. I am excited to introduce the sport of lacrosse to the next generation of city and suburban area student athletes. I would not be in the position I am today without lacrosse and I look forward to being able to give back to the game that has given me so much.”

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Billy McKinney –“I grew up in Philadelphia playing football, baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer. I was introduced to lacrosse in high school and earned a full scholarship to play lacrosse at the NCAA Division 1 level. I’ve coached and played at the youth, high

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school, college, and professional levels. I am thrilled to give young kids from my hometown exposure to the game I love so much, and wish I was able to receive at their age.”

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The LEAPS’ mission is to enrich the lives of youth through lacrosse and education, as well as instill the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. All of which will, in turn, help them develop a positive worldview. LEAPS will show that with hard work on and off the field, anyone can be successful. LEAPS has been instrumental in the creation of the Philadelphia Public High School Lacrosse League which now boasts 14 teams. Through school visits, equipment drives and donations, and FREE clinics, LEAPS has worked with teachers, volunteers and children to bring them the fastest game on two feet.

With the help of Christmas, a Maverik sponsored athletes, LEAPS has been using donated Maverik gear.

The LEAPS gear shown today includes:

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