CLC Lawrence GRIT

Ages 8-11yrs, 11-14yrs  Gender(s) Girls 
Sport(s) Girls Lacrosse  Location(s) Lawrence

Meet the Director of CLC Grit, Betsy Williams Dougherty
My name is Betsy Williams Dougherty and I am the Director of CLC Grit and Girls Lacrosse and Centercourt Lawrence. I have been playing or coaching lacrosse for most of my life. Growing up outside Philadelphia, one of the original hot beds for women's lacrosse, cultivated in me a deep appreciation for this game and its history going back to the Native American roots.

After high school, I went on to play at Penn State University where I was a four-year varsity player and captain of my team senior year. My passion for the game grew through college and I went on to pursue competing with the US Team. I played with the US Team for 10 years, including several tours and three World Cup tournaments finishing my playing career as the captain of the winning Gold Medal team in 1993.

My coaching career began as a college student helping out at our summer camps at Penn State. Little did I know that would ignite the beginning of a long career in teaching and coaching the game that I love so much. I have coached at every level of the game from Kinderfarten to Division I college for over 30 years and I still feel the same thrill when my players learn a new skill or master something they never thought possible.

In addition to my playing and coaching career, I was warded several wonderful honors for which I am very grateful. At Penn State, I received the inaugural Hall Award as the Most Outstanding Athlete in 1984. I was also inducted into the National Hall of Fame as well as the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

I currently coach at New Hope-Colebury High School and am the Director of the Lady Bulldogs recreation club which serves players K-8.

Why do I coach? The flash of excitement in a kid's eyes never grows old. Whether it is from acquiring a new skill or making a great play, their joy is certainly my joy. These moments are full of accomplishment for individual players, but become exponentially richer when experience with one's teammates.

The collective effort of givine one's best in order to achieve a common goal is one of the pure joys of being part of a team. And in that effort, we find connection, camaraderie, and a critical sense of belonging. Undoubtedly, lacrosse has given me so much and that motivates me to create a space where girls forge lifelong friendships and connections through striving, persevering, and learning together.


What is CLC Grit? 
Grit is defined in the dictionary as: firmness of character, indomitable spirit. 
I believe it is the difference maker between what makes players or teams good or great! On our team, players will certainly learn the game of lacrosse, compete with all of the necessary stick skills, lacrosse IQ, and teamwork, but what will define us will be our GRIT!

CLC Grit ID Sessions

Introducing CLC Grit! We are launching our new club lacrosse program which is intended to identify and prepare our players for competitive play in Fall 2021 tournaments. These practices are open to grad years 2030-2025. Each session will run as an elite team practice focusing on play progression, high-intensity tempo, and reinforcing the skills needed to play for CLC Grit 2022! Teams will be selected following the program. There is no commitment required in order to participate this summer.

Wednesdays 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 7/7, 7/14 & 7/21 (no practice on 6/30)
& Thursdays 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/8 & 7/15 (no practice on 7/1)

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Grad Years: 2030-2025

Cost: $500

Location: Centercourt Lawrence
1080 Spruce Street
Lawrence Twp, NJ 08648