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Thunderstuck Lacrosse Association – Who are we?

Thunderstuck Lacrosse Association – Who are we?

Thunderstruck Lacrosse Association, is a 501C-3 Non-Profit organization, started in 2013 for the specific purpose of supporting Lacrosse at Summit High School.

The three “Pillars” of TLA are the Summit High School Boys, Summit High School Girls, and Summit Youth Lacrosse.  The HS Boys program has a Varsity, JV, and JV2 team.  The HS Girls program have a Varsity and JV team.  The Summit Youth program has a boys 7/8 and 5/6 grade team.  We hope to include girls in our youth initiative soon.

As a “club” level program the high school lacrosse teams at Summit receive no financial support from the school or Bend La Pine School District.  The player fees we collect do not cover the costs of operating our programs, which include OHSLA/OGLA/OYSA dues, official’s fees, coaching salaries, field usage, equipment, and travel.  TLA is very active in fundraising, to make sure our programs can compete at the highest level and to insure their sustainable success.

Fundraising is a critical portion of all High School sports.

TLA has a board of directors that oversee all the details of operating and sustaining a quality lacrosse program.  The board treasurer manages all funds for all 3 pillars, sets our annual budget, and works with the program directors to make sure we operate in a fiscally conservative manner, taking into consideration both near and long term objectives.

In addition, the Coaches Committee of TLA interviews, screens and recommends for hire all coaches affiliated with the program.  They also determine appropriate levels of compensation for the coaching staff.

The Executive Director of TLA is Jeff Melville.  As director, he is responsible for implementing the board decisions and working with all 3 pillars to ensure safe execution of each program.

TLA is constantly seeking ways to improve our program and looking to the future as to how we can continue to be successful at all levels.

Player Scholarships are available to participate in all of our programs for families that cannot afford the registration fee.

The current board of directors can be found on our website.  Please feel free to contact any of our board members or Jeff Melville, the Executive Director (jmelville@highdesertinsurance.com – 541-390-5732), at any time for more information about our program, scholarships and/or how you can support us.

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