Boulder Valley Lacrosse awards first annual scholarships to Jessica Alvaro-Glantz and Connor Fox
BOULDER, Colo., July 19, 2016. The Boulder Valley Lacrosse Association (BVL), one of the largest youth lacrosse programs in Colorado, has awarded the first annual Boulder Valley Lacrosse Scholarship in memory of Stephen C. Muir to Jessica Alvaro-Glantz and Connor Fox, both graduates of Boulder High School. Jessica and Connor will each receive $1000.
“Having coached both Jessica Alvaro-Glantz and Connor Fox, I am proud to witness the dedication to lacrosse and the personal growth that each has displayed throughout high school,” said Andrew Davies, executive director of BVL. “Our Board had a difficult task making this choice, but ultimately saw that Jessica and Connor epitomized the concept of giving back to the game. Boulder Valley Lacrosse is excited to provide this award for them, as they transition into college.”
Jessica Alvaro-Glantz began her lacrosse career in elementary school playing with the boys at BVL. Throughout middle school she played with the BVL girls program where she also volunteered her time to coach 6-12 year-old girls.
In high school, she joined Warrior Girls Lacrosse (WGL) but was forced to take a hiatus from the sport her junior year to recover from hip surgery. She returned her senior year as a dedicated team manager where she was cited by the coach as “the best manager ever,” while facing numerous logistical and administrative challenges. At the end of the season, the team voted for her to receive the “Heart of a Warrior Award,” given to the team member who “best demonstrates honor, empathy, achievement, respect, and triumph.”
To cover her own expenses and save for college, Jessica worked throughout high school as an advocate for Youth Partnership for Health at the state health department and for the Boulder County Youth Corps. She also volunteered for WGL, Emergency Family Assistance Association, and Boulder High Panther Pride.
After serving as a Boulder County Youth Corps assistant team leader this summer, Jessica will attend Western Washington University (WWU) in the fall where she will play club lacrosse while working to become an EMT and paramedic and plans to major in WWU’s integrated social justice, pre-med program and possibly medical school after that. She also plans to join WWU’s Multicultural Action Program to illuminate political, social, educational and cultural issues surrounding underrepresented communities on and off campus. In the future, she hopes to return to coach in the WGL program and contribute to the legacy of women’s lacrosse in Boulder County.
Connor Fox has been around the game of lacrosse from as far back as he can recall. The son of a four-time Division III collegiate national champion, Connor feels he has been “blessed with the tremendous good fortune of being around the great game of lacrosse and the incredible community that comprises it.” He learned early on from his father and his colleagues that the game of lacrosse contributes so much to the people who play it and that it’s critical to give back to the sport just as much, if not more.
Connor was a four-year starter at Boulder High, serving as a captain for the last three seasons. In addition to his record shattering statistics and several first-team All-State, All-Conference and team MVP awards, among other honors, he was able to learn, develop and improve valuable leadership skills as a key driver in organizing off-season and community team activities such as fundraising programs, captain’s practices and other team-building events, all with the intention of helping to enhance the lacrosse program’s culture and overall success.
Outside of school, Connor strives to contribute to the lacrosse community at large by committing time to instructing, coaching and providing lessons to youth and future high school players, improving their skills and passing along the “tricks of the trade” that had been offered to him from so many great lacrosse coaches and minds. He has also represented Colorado and the West at various national events and on several national teams that afforded him the opportunity to play with and against some of the nation’s top-level players, helping to continue to dispel the myth that lacrosse is strictly an East coast game.
At 14, he began working at Breakaway Sports, a former lacrosse specialty retail store in Boulder. Since then, he has sought to maintain his appreciation for and commitment to the local lacrosse community by continuing to work with kids by stringing sticks, providing private and group lessons, refereeing, and working with young players throughout the region.
This fall, Connor will continue his academic and athletic pursuits during a post-graduate year at Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT before attending Georgetown University in the fall of 2017 where he was offered a scholarship to continue his lacrosse career.
The BVL Scholarship was established to honor the service, commitment and value that high school seniors have given to the local lacrosse community. The selection committee reviewed each application with a combination of factors in mind, including merit, leadership and overall impact on the lacrosse community.
About Boulder Valley Lacrosse:
Boulder Valley Lacrosse is a community based, nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to spreading the great sport of lacrosse throughout Northern Colorado. BVL organizes boys competitive travel teams for the primary lacrosse season in spring, as well as travel teams, camps and clinics in the fall, winter, and summer. Visit their website at www.boulderlacrosse.org.
BVL Fall Ball is an ideal program for players of all experience levels, from complete beginner to advanced competitor.
For players looking to stay in Boulder and improve their skill levels and confidence in lacrosse, register them for our BVL Sunday Skills program in the Fall Ball registration. The Sunday Skills program will begin on Sunday September 11 at a location in Boulder and will run for six consecutive weeks.
For players with at least one season of competitive Spring League experience who are interested in travelling to games on Sundays, register for our CYLA Fall League program in the Fall Ball registration. These players will be placed on a team which will practice on Sunday August 28 and Sunday September 11, then will play games against CYLA opponents from around the state. Home and away games will be held on Sundays September 11, 18, 25, and October 4 & 11. The season will conclude with a two-game festival on Sunday October 18th at locations including Aurora, Boulder, or Colorado Springs.
Winter indoor programming will be held at the Sport Stable at Superior, on Sundays from November through March. Registration for winter indoor programs will open in fall 2016 at www.boulderlacrosse.org.
Spring is the primary season for lacrosse. Our 2017 Spring League registration will open on January 1st, 2017. Demand for spring placement is always extremely high, so we strongly recommend that you register early in January to insure a position for your son.
Please consider volunteering with BVL as a coach, to help us meet this demand: COACH FOR BVL
Players of all experience levels are welcome to register for the BVL Spring League. They will be placed automatically on the appropriate team for their age and experience.
Please check our website FAQ page for answers to common questions about BVL programs, including the Spring season:
UPDATED for Fall 2016: The CYLA (Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association) will continue to use June 1st as the cutoff date for age-based classification.
The CYLA has permanently adopted US Lacrosse guidelines regarding age-based classification. Therefore Boulder Valley Lacrosse will group teams on the basis of grade with an age cutoff.
Players in the same grade will generally be grouped together, provided that they meet the June 1 birth date cutoff for that age group. All players are required to provide official proof of birth date (birth certificate, passport, adoption papers, etc) before participating in sanctioned CYLA games.
We will set up teams at U15, U13, U12, U11, U10, U9, and U8 for the 2016 Fall Ball season. For Fall Ball only, U7 players will be grouped with U8 players. All current 8th graders are eligible to play, regardless of birthdate. No high school players are permitted to participate.
A player's eligibility for the 2016 Fall or 2017 Spring season is determined by his age on May 31, 2016.
For example, any player born on or after June 1, 2003 is eligible to play U13.
A player born on or before May 31, 2003 is not eligible to play U13 and must play U15.
In general, we will group players on the basis of "Grade with an Age Cutoff." This means that players in the same grade will be grouped on teams at the same age level, provided that they meet the June 1st cutoff date.
Players who are "young" for their grade will still be permitted to play at that age level. For example, a 4th grader who is age-eligible for U9 (ie born after 6/1/2007) can still play U10.
NO PLAYER WILL BE PERMITTED TO "PLAY DOWN" IN AGE CLASSIFICATION AS PER CYLA RULES-- NO EXCEPTIONS.
2016 FALL and 2017 SPRING Age Classifications:
Born on or after
Max Stick Length
# U7 players must be born before 5/31/2010. U7 players will be grouped with U8 players for Fall 2016 play.
* All current 8th graders are eligible to play for BVL, regardless of birthdate.
9th graders are not eligible to play.