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New Canaanite continues advocacy for girls' lacrosse

Published 11:09 am, Sunday, March 23, 2014
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Dr. Claudia Sickinger Harris, a New Canaan-based physician and a longtime participant in the town's youth lacrosse leagues, has been chosen to serve U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport, as a member of the women's game/interscholastic and youth subcommittee.

Sickinger Harris, a youth lacrosse coach, promotes girls' lacrosse, as well

as advocates for safe, healthy youth sports.

"I greatly look forward to lending my efforts to this important USL subcommittee and to playing my role in continuing to work to support the growth of youth lacrosse leagues nationwide, placing the safety, health and well-being of its players as the first and foremost priority," Sickinger Harris said.

Several of the 2014 USL national initiatives include: health and safety concerns at the youth lacrosse level; issues pertaining to college recruiting; and concerns relating to responsible growth of the girls' game, including the active recruitment of women to coaching and officiating.

At the USL National Convention in January, Sickinger Harris was also appointed to serve as a liaison to the USL men's interscholastic and youth subcommittee and the Connecticut New York Youth Lacrosse Association.

Sickinger Harris, the mother of three children who play the sport, is a member of the New Canaan Lacrosse Association's grievance committee. She is a USL-certified youth girls' lacrosse coach. She was captain of the women's lacrosse team at Vassar College, and played girls' lacrosse at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y.