Ages 8-11yrs, 11-14yrs
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 at 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 at our summer camps at Penn State. Little did I know, that experience 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 Kindergarten 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 awarded 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-Solebury High School and manage 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 experienced with one's teammates.
The collective effort of giving 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 and teams good or great! On our team, players will certainly learn the game of lacrosse, complete with all the necessary stick skills, lacrosse IQ, and teamwork, but what will define us will be our GRIT!
Contact Betsy Dougherty at email@example.com for more information on CLC Grit!