(OHG) and Evolve Elite Lacrosse launch school-based lacrosse program

Apr 11, 2022

WHITBY, ONTARIO (April 7, 2022) – The Okanagan Hockey Group (OHG) and Evolve Elite Lacrosse are excited to announce that they will begin operating a school-based lacrosse program, called the Evolve Sports Academy, at Henry Street High School in September of 2022.

The program will allow student-athletes the opportunity to train for lacrosse as a part of their school day, while obtaining their high school credits on the path to graduation. Athletes will train and develop the fundamental technical skills, individual skills and individual tactics in lacrosse.

Okanagan Hockey Group operates 5 academies world-wide, providing both world-class training and education to student-athletes. Recognizing the need for 10-months of training and long-term development of student-athletes, OHG launched the first Okanagan Hockey Academy in 2002 in Penticton. Soon after, OHG launched similar programs: in St. Polten, Austria in 2008; Edmonton, Alberta in 2015; and, Whitby Ontario in 2018. OHG’s success can be seen in the long list of players who have moved on to play in the NHL, multiple Pro Leagues, WHL, Junior A, and University and International levels. This will be the first foray into the sport of lacrosse for OHG.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to partner with an industry leader like Evolve Lacrosse”, said OHO General Manager Paul Pascuzzi, “This will in no doubt lead to some exciting and creative opportunities in the Durham Region for multi-sport athletes.”

Evolve Elite Lacrosse is the largest and most successful club lacrosse program in Canada. Their impressive alumni boasts over 235 athletes placed into the NCAA from Ontario alone; many have graduated to play in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), Major Lacrosse League (MLL), as well as on the and on the world stage at the International level. Evolve is proud of their comprehensive youth development and travel program and robust and successful recruiting support program for high school athletes.  

“This is a great evolution for our program. The Evolve Sports Academy will allow us the opportunity to provide Elite level coaching alongside our very successful travel program,” said Evolve Elite Lacrosse owner Tracey Kelusky, “The Okanagan model of a private school setting, together with a great education program with the Durham District School Board will provide lacrosse athletes an affordable and unique platform to pursue and enhance their lacrosse aspirations. We are thrilled to partner with the Okanagan Hockey Group to provide new opportunities to athletes in Durham Region.”

The schedule will follow the very successful Okanagan model, with a focused daily schedule that emphasizes integrated athletic and academic development. Professional coaches and strength and conditioning staff will guide student-athletes on and off the field, while a dedicated academic counsellor will ensure that student-athletes thrive equally in the classroom as they do at the field. Evolve Lacrosse Academy students will train out of the Whitby Dome and Iroquois Park Sports Centre


About Okanagan Hockey Group:

Okanagan Hockey Group was founded in 1963 in Penticton, B.C., Canada. Since its establishment, Okanagan Hockey Group has become an icon in the hockey camp industry and has grown to be the longest operating hockey camp in the world. In 2002, Okanagan Hockey Academy was established as the first hockey specific sport school recognized by BC Hockey and Hockey Canada. The success of the academy is evident in the long list of players who have moved on to play at the NHL, pro, WHL, Junior A, University and International levels. With our staff having a vast amount of knowledge, experience and an incredible network, our athletes have the inside track to move on to the next level.

About Evolve Elite Lacrosse Academy:

Evolve Elite Lacrosse boats an impressive alumni with over 200 athletes placed into the NCAA from Ontario alone and many who have graduated to play in the NLL, PLL, MLL and on the world stage representing the Nation. It is the most comprehensive youth development and travel program with the most robust and successful recruiting support program for high school athletes. Evolve is the only club program outside the USA to have cracked the top 6 ranked U13 club teams annually at the World Series of Youth Lacrosse and are the only eligible nationally recognized club to compete for the U13 World Championship (Team Evolve Ontario and Team Evolve BC). We continue to EVOLVE every year to ensure we are industry leaders in our programming and delivery model.

For information and interview inquiries please contact:

Alexandra Yallouz, Manager, Digital Media and Communications
Okanagan Hockey Group
P: 250-809-5631
E: alexandrayallouz@okanaganhockey.com




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