KATONAH, N.Y. – Katonah’s Mike Bocklet, head lacrosse coach at Purchase College, also runs a program for youth through high school players called 91 Tristate. Like every other athletic team or club, 91 Tristate’s season was disrupted by COVID-19.
Practice was already underway when the ax came down, but Bocklet and the other coaches weren’t able to distribute jerseys and other equipment.
“In the beginning of March, we do an equipment handout day,” Bocklet said. “For the kids, they love it because we rent out a conference room at a hotel. Any time throughout the day, the kids come and they get their gear package, which is a custom uniform with gloves, shirts, shorts, long-sleeve shirts, zip-up hoodies, custom socks. Basically, just the whole works. It’s a head-to-toe ensemble they can wear on the field. And they love to wear it in school and wherever else.”
91 Tristate has about 350 players who come mostly from Westchester, but some live in New York City, Rockland County, and Dutchess County.
“We decided we would deliver each bag to every kid in the program,” Bocklet. “We put together a team of 13 drivers with gloves and masks and spent 48 hours dropping each kid’s bag off at their home address.”
Bocklet, who personally handed out about 15 in the Katonah-Lewisboro area, said the kids were ecstatic to receive their gear. He hopes they can play some games this summer.
“We’re trying to stay optimistic,” Bocklet said. “We’re not sure when we would be able to start, but we do have flexibility in the fact that we’re not stuck to like a specific time frame. We’re going to be patient with it.”
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