The Estevan Box Lacrosse Association has been recognized for the growth it has enjoyed in recent years, and the organization's president, Jody Harris, has been saluted nationally.
The organization was presented with the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association's Promotion and Development Award during a banquet on October 26. The award is presented annually to the organization that does the most to promote and develop the sport in their community.
"Back in 2010, we only had 46 lacrosse players," said Harris. "We doubled (in size) within two years, and then we added another 50 per cent (this year)."
The organization had 137 registered players in several different age groups in 2013, and two rep teams: the Estevan Tarpon Energy Big Dogs juvenile squad and the Estevan Harris Oilfield Impact senior team.
"We have people who are committed to having the sport grow," said Harris. "There are a lot of people who don't want to see it die."
Harris said the association now wants to be able to offer more games and tournaments for players in the lower age groups, so that players can further their skills and get experience in competitive lacrosse.
Also at the banquet, Harris was presented with a certificate from the Canadian Lacrosse Association for her outstanding support and contributions. Four other people from Saskatchewan receive a certificate.
"It was an honour to get this award," said Harris. "When I got it, I was totally shocked."
Harris has been involved with lacrosse as a coach, an executive member and as a parent for many years.
Several other local people were up for awards this year. Big Dogs' member Rhett Handley, who was the top scorer in the Regina Box Lacrosse's juvenile league, was up for player of the year. Kelsy Omland was a finalist for volunteer of the year.
Colin Fogarty was vying for coach of the year, and Harris Oilfield was up for sponsor of the year.