The third year of summer lacrosse camp at Prosper High School took place last week from July 31 to Aug. 3.

Kids as young as kindergartners up to eighth graders learned the basics of the sport with the help of a coaching staff led by Prosper HS boys lacrosse coach and youth director Jarrett Moffitt.

Moffitt is a former lacrosse player and grew up around the sport in upstate New York. He, along with lacrosse communications director Christie Endicott, have helped put together a youth program in Prosper with nearly 150 youth that competes yearly in the Texas High School Lacrosse League.

“We want them to have an opportunity to play the sport,” Moffitt said. “In my experience, once kids get out and play it, they fall in love with it.”

Lacrosse is not an official sport under Texas UIL rules. Instead, Prosper HS competes in Division II of the THSLL, which allows them to include athletes from Celina on the team as well. They compete against schools all around the state, including local opponents in McKinney and Frisco.

Moffitt’s biggest goal is to get lacrosse passed as a sanctioned and funded sport as part of the UIL program, but there are multiple hurdles to get through. Equipment is more expensive compared to other sports, and finding coaches that know the intricacies of the sport can be a big challenge.

“Right now, we’re just trying to get enough kids involved,” Moffitt said. “We’re hoping once we get enough kids in the state of Texas playing, I think that will help push it through.”

Moffitt said he believes lacrosse can be a great secondary sport for athletes involve in more popular ones like football and baseball. For a lot of students, it would also serve as a refreshing and challenging activity.

“Some surgeons have come out and said playing one sport all year round is actually bad for athletes,” Moffitt said. “We’re hoping to piggyback off that to increase our numbers.”

To further expand the sport locally, fellow lacrosse coach Greg Frye will help initiate a youth girls team in Prosper for students in third through sixth grade. The lacrosse season will begin in January.