Paying it Forward with Kylie Frame's Lacrosse for Love
Kylie Frame is a young high school student that started her own lacrosse clinic, Lacrosse for Love, and works to pay it forward by raising money for the National Brain Tumor Society. Learn more about Kylie below!
- How did you start playing lacrosse? What attracted you to the sport?
My mom played lacrosse her whole life and because of this, I have had a stick in my hand as long as I can remember. I'm not sure if I loved it at first, but after I went to a college reunion of my mom's when I was 7, and was coached by current players, I fell in love with the sport. I knew from that moment that I wanted to play lacrosse just like my mom. I even joined a boys team at first just so that I could play. To this day I play lacrosse out of pure enjoyment of the game, and also because being a part of a team is such an amazing, unique experience experience. Working together with 20 or so other girls to reach a common goal is something that can lead to the strongest of friendships. I have been on over ten teams throughout my lacrosse career and my teammates are the ones constantly motivating me to work my hardest.
The goal of Lax for Love is not only to raise awareness and money for the foundations, but also to spread the game of lacrosse and to teach girls that they can make a difference.
- How did you get the idea to create Lacrosse for Love? What is the goal of Lacrosse for Love?
My neighbor and close friend Marion Kwon started a business a few years ago called Epic Sky. Epic Sky is a company revolving around women's empowerment, and they do things to promote girl power everywhere. One of the programs they wanted to start, was an opportunity for girls to apply for a grant to do something in their community. When Marion talked to me about piloting this program, I knew right away that I wanted to do it. I have always had a passion for doing this to raise money and help others, and I knew this was a chance to do this. I decided to combine my passion for lacrosse with my passion for helping others and specifically raising money for the National Brain Tumor Society. The goal of Lax for Love is not only to raise awareness and money for the foundations, but also to spread the game of lacrosse and to teach girls that they can make a difference. Maybe by raising this money for sick girls, we can get them out of the hospital and out on the field.
Maybe by raising this money for sick girls, we can get them out of the hospital and out on the field.
- What is your connection to the National Brain Tumor Society?
One of my best friends, Kara Kneafsey, had a sister named Tess who passed away of a brain tumor when she was in kindergarten. I knew her personally, and so did my whole home town. When thinking about the first organization to give to for my first year of Lax for Love, the National Brain Tumor Society seemed like the obvious choice. I have raised money for them the past two years but plan to raise money for new organizations in future years.
- When are Lacrosse for Love’s events?
Lax for Love takes place every spring through Wolfpack, Southern Marin Lacrosse, but I am planning to expand and run it through a bigger league next year in order to get more girls.
- Are there any other organizations you’re working with to put on your clinic this year?
This clinic would not have been possible without Epic Sky. They were the ones who funded the fields and gave me the opportunity to do this in the first place. I also worked with the Southern Marin Wolfpack lacrosse club to put on the actual clinic.
Never give up. I know that sounds corny but it's very important.
- How can others get involved with Lacrosse for Love?
At this point, there isn't a way for others to get involved, other than donating to the different funds. This is something that I plan to developer so that other girls can get involved all around the country.
- What is the biggest piece of advice you have for other girls your age that may want to start a sports camp or pay it forward?
Do what you are passionate about, and use your passion to your advantage. If I wasn't passionate about lacrosse and the fundraisers I am raising money for, Lax for Love would not have been successful, or even fun. When I had trouble with figuring out logistics for the clinic and got extremely frustrated, I kept thinking about sick girls like Tess Kneafsey who have gone through so much and deserve more than anyone can give. This desire to help them pushed me through those times, and made me work harder to make sure everything went well and we raised as much money as possible. In terms of lacrosse, basing this whole thing around lacrosse made it so fun. I had fun planning the clinic, and the girls had fun playing, knowing they were helping sick people. Some other advice would be to never give up. I know that sounds corny but it's very important. Putting on something like this is not an easy task, and if you want to take it on, just be prepared to persevere. This goes hand in hand with having passion. If you are passionate about what you are working on, working hand and not giving up will come much easier.
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