Officers Introduce Teens to Lacrosse

43 Division

Students had the chance to try a new sport alongside officers at a mentoring session.

Constable Leanna Gill decided to take St. Rose of Lima students outside as part of aKids, Cops and Computersmentoring session. The program ensures kids have access to a computer in their room and connects them with police officers who act as pen pals and mentors.

Gill had the choice of what to do for their last class mentoring session, so she enlisted the help of Constable David Sawyer, who is the vice president of the lacrosse program for the Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association.

They both assisted in teaching the students the game of lacrosse.

"We wanted to introduce the students to a sport that most of them didn't know anything about and is very popular in Canada," said Gill "We were impressed with how quickly they learned the sport."

Principal Paul Sullivan also showed off some hidden lacrosse skills beating Gill on defence and scoring on Sawyer.

A girl uses a lacrosse stick
A St. Rose of Lima student lets a shot fly Photo: 43 Division
A man standing in front of a row of students, some holding lacrosse sticks
Students get ready to shoot on net, with Constable David Sawyer between the pipes Photo: 43 Division
A woman holding a lacrosse stick in front of students
Constable Leanna Gill teaches St. Rose of Lima students lacrosse skills Photo: 43 Division
A group of teenagers and some adults in front of a lacrosse net
St. Rose of Lima students with Constables David Sawyer and Leanna Gill and Principal Paul Sullivan after their lacrosse session Photo: 43 Division

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