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Every day nearly one million people in the Philadelphia area faces some level of Food Insecurity. Starting on Wednesday, January 27th during Community Time, La Salle students will have the opportunity to assist in this growing need by preparing snack bags for distribution to the people of Kensington, in partnership with Mother Mercy House. Snack bag making will take place in the Glaser Center during community time on Wednesday, January 27th, and then continue every other week. For more information or if you have any questions please see Mr. Dominick in Campus Ministry or Mrs. Giuliani in the School Store.

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Join us in room 204, or from home, on Wednesday January 20th during community period for our Explorers Inc. Kickoff Meeting of the 2nd Semester. Our guest speaker is Mr. Michael Cassidy who will be chatting with us about the business behind being a lawyer plus the power of networking and mentors. Questions: Contact Patti Finlay at

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The La Salle Mother's Club Board is happy to offer a new service opportunity for mothers/primary caregivers and sons to serve our local community at the Bread of Life Cafe in Norristown. The Bread of Life Cafe was established within All Saints Episcopal Church in 2012 and serves a hot carry-out meal on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday of each month. Everyone in the community is welcome. The upcoming weekend is in need of volunteers to serve with two shifts being offered at 1pm and 3:45pm. Volunteers will prepare food, package in carry-out containers to order, serve the community, and clean up. We encourage you to wear your La Salle logo apparel if you are able. Thank you for your consideration of volunteering your time to serve our local community in need.

Please sign-up at the link below:

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This evening is designed for junior parents (students will receive this information and more in their advisory classes throughout the 2nd semester), however, juniors may also attend if they wish. We strongly encourage parents of juniors to attend this evening given the ever changing and competitive college admissions landscape. An email with detailed information has already been sent. A link to the event will follow the week of January 25th.

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Sophomores and Seniors, Mandated health screenings will continue for your grades on Thursday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 27th for the Gold Cohort. Thursday, January 28th will be the second and final day for the Blue Cohort. Screenings will happen in the Isolation Nurses Office (old World Language Office) across from the Dean of Student Life Office. Please complete the signup found in the following link:
Your cooperation is expected and appreciated in completing this required task.

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Tryouts for the Spring Rowing Team will begin shortly. Anyone interested in rowing for La Salle in the Spring is encouraged to begin joining Winter workouts, after school Monday-Thursday in the tent on Meehan Field. If you are participating in a Winter sport but interested in rowing in the Spring, please let Mr. Schugsta know. Please contact Mr. Schugsta with any questions at

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When reviewing Semester 1 grades, please be aware of the following:
• Be sure to review the report card document, as all grades listed on it are the official grades for each course for the semester.
• Report cards will only contain final grades for the 1st semester; they do not include semester averages nor exam grades. For more information regarding grades for individual assignments and/or exam grades, students and parents should refer to the grade postings in Open LMS.
o Additionally, since the 2nd semester is already underway, new grades for the new semester may already have been entered into gradebooks in Open LMS. Consequently, please be aware that the "Class Total" in Open LMS – the current grade that is being displayed in Open LMS - may be different from the 1st semester final grade on the report card.
• If a parent or student has any questions about grades or related assignments, please contact the respective teacher directly as soon as possible, ideally no later than one week after report cards have been posted.

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La Salle will offer current juniors the opportunity to take the SAT here at La Salle on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021.
Registration for the March 24th SAT School Day Test is through La Salle, not the College Board. Students have the option to take the SAT test with or without the essay. Please note that most colleges do not require nor recommend taking the essay section. Subject Tests will not be offered at La Salle.
Unfortunately, late registrations or payments cannot be accommodated or accepted after Thursday, January 28th. The registration form, in its entirety, needs to be submitted and payment made via credit card to secure your spot for the March 24th testing day. Only juniors who register and pay for the test will be able to take the SAT School Day Test at La Salle.

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The Pheed Philly Casserole making will resume on Wednesday, January 20th from 2:45pm - 3:45pm in the auditorium. Pheed Philly prepares family sized nutritious meals for distribution to those in need in partnership with Mother Mercy House in Kensington. The program will run every other week throughout the second semester. Space is limited to 10 students, and sign-ups are required. The sign-up sheet is located on the Mission & Ministry bulletin board adjacent to the Student Activities office. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dominick in Campus Ministry or Mrs. Giuliani in the school store.

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Please do NOT enter or exit the driveway next to the Allinson House. That is for faculty/staff ONLY. Also, there is NO parking allowed in the faculty/staff parking lot at any time. Thank you for your cooperation!

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Communication is More Important Than Ever

The Spring 2020 issue of the Explorer (titled Agents Of Change), will only be available online. No issues will be printed or mailed to homes.

A monthly Alumni eNewsletter along with a number of other alumni communications will only be available in a digital format and will be sent via email. It is critical for the Office of Institutional
Advancement to have and maintain your current email address, so please make certain that your
information is current and encourage your fellow alums to do the same. Please send any changes to
Mrs. Cathy Winning at so your alumni record can be updated accordingly.

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A Message from Brother James Butler, FSC

As most of you will have seen, Governor Wolf has issued orders extending the closing of schools. The tentative earliest date schools may reopen is now set for Monday, April 6, 2020. As all of us have come to appreciate, this date is a guarantee written in water. Depending on the progress of the disease and the success of containment and suppression activities, this date will be subject to further extension if need be.

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Dining Services: Due to recent public health concerns, some of the self-serve foods will be either moved behind the service counter or into grad and go containers. Thank you for your understanding.

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Steve Javie '72 Goes From The Hardwood To Homilies

Former NBA Referee Steve Javie '72 Goes From The Hardwood To Homilies Becoming A Catholic Deacon
Article by Frank Fitzpatrick
Reprinted from The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 20, 2019

The stirring anthem ended and those in the large Saturday night crowd, some clutching programs, took their seats. Steve Javie, a member of the Class of 1972 and a top-tier NBA referee for 25 seasons, moved into position and got ready once again to interpret the rules.

But this was Mass at Saint Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Newtown (Bucks County), not a basketball arena. Javie was wearing a green chasuble and white cassock, not the NBA's two-tone officiating uniform. And the rules he was about to address in one of his first homilies as a permanent deacon in the Catholic church were eternal, not subject to collective bargaining.

"People ask me if there are similarities between being a deacon and a referee," Javie said before that recent 5 p.m. Mass. "It's funny because people used to think they could tell me how to do my old job. That hasn't changed, except now people are telling me how to preach."

A Montgomery County native who pitched at Temple and briefly in the Baltimore Orioles organization, Javie was destined to be a sports official. His father, Stan, was a field and back judge in the NFL, and his godfather, John Stevens, a longtime American League umpire.

Javie, 64, consistently was rated as one of the NBA's top referees. He worked more than 1,500 games, including 200-plus in the playoffs and 20 in the Finals.

"Steve was the best referee I ever worked with, and I reffed with everybody," said Joe Crawford, a friend and former NBA colleague. "He knew the rules. He got plays right. And he had [guts]. He was very aggressive but always under control."

Bad knees finally forced Javie to limp away after the 2011 season, his last assignment being the decisive sixth game of that year's NBA Finals.

By then, he was on a spiritual quest. Thanks to his wife of 28 years, Mary Ellen, he'd rediscovered a faith he'd virtually abandoned as a young man. The couple had started a charity benefiting underprivileged children in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. But he needed more.

"I thought, 'I've got to be doing something more with my life than blowing whistles against basketball players,' " he said.

At a Saint Andrew's event, a visiting speaker mentioned the Catholic diaconate. The possibility of becoming a deacon hung constantly around his neck like the whistles he wore as a referee.

"It's a calling," he said. "It's nothing I aspired to. I knew I was getting near the end of my career because my knees were failing. That realization makes you think about what you're going to do afterwards."

The journey Javie started in 2012 ended this June 8, 2019 when he and six others were formally ordained as deacons during an ornate ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The grueling process that got him there took seven years and yielded a master's in theology, a new title, and the right to deliver homilies, wear a collar, and perform such traditional priestly duties as baptisms and marriages.

"I was at the ordination," Crawford said. "Watching him do all the little things around the altar, you could see how prepared and calm he was. That's how he was as a referee. Anything he gets into, he gets into all the way. He's so devout now. As a matter of fact, he's so devout that sometimes I have to tell him, `Steve, shut up.' "

Assigned to Saint Andrew's, his home parish and the largest in the Philadelphia archdiocese, Javie delivered his second homily last Saturday.

"I'm not afraid to get up and talk in front of people because I've been doing that my whole life," he said. "But talking about something really personal like faith, that's stressful."

Actually, Javie, who usually speaks in rapid and intense bursts, seemed more poised and conversational while addressing the parishioners, which he did not from the pulpit but from in front of the altar.

"He's very at ease, which probably comes from what he did all those years," said Monsignor Michael Picard, Saint Andrew's pastor. "His preaching, even though he's just starting, is really superb."

The story of how Javie switched from the arena to the altar is one that combines love found and spirituality sought.

It began in the late 1980s when the NBA's travel demands made him a regular at Philadelphia International Airport's US Airways counter. That's where he met Mary Ellen.

"I was someone who except for Christmas and Easter didn't go to Mass. But I could see she was a devout Catholic," Javie said. "So on our second date, I thought I'd impress her and I said, `How about if we go to Mass, then get lunch afterward?'

"We're sitting there in church, and this priest is droning on. I'm looking at my watch thinking I'll sit here an hour then be with her the rest of the afternoon. I wasn't paying attention, wasn't getting anything out of it. Afterward, she asked me what I thought. I told her I didn't get anything out of it. She looked at me and said, `What did you put into it?' That stopped me in my tracks. She said, `Did you maybe say a prayer for somebody in your family who needed it? Did you pray to the Holy Spirit for enlightenment?' She really got me thinking."

The experience led Javie to re-examine his Catholicism. He took Communion daily, read more about faith and marriage and, on the road, attended Mass whenever possible.

The renewed devotion helped in 1999 when Javie was one of 15 referees implicated in a tax-evasion case that involved misuse of frequent-flyer miles. He was the only one acquitted on all charges.

Noticing their colleague's newfound focus, the referees Javie worked with began to ask questions. Some even accompanied him to church.

"A lot of guys I traveled with, they struggled with all the temptations that come with being on the road," Javie said. "I would try to talk to them about it. My thinking was we're all sinful, but if we can talk about these things with each other, it might make our marriages and families a little more solid.

"When I was a crew chief, the second guy would sometimes grab the new guy and say, 'OK, Steve, tell him what you talked to me about.' I'd try to mentor them, not just in basketball but in life."

After retirement and the deacon decision, Javie ramped up his religiosity. From August through May, he took three-hour classes at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in philosophy, theology, spirituality, and homiletics. Then there were workshops, psychological examinations and, before ordination, written, practical and oral examinations.

"We've never been blessed with children, but we've got nine nephews and nieces and I tell them I never studied that hard in my life," Javie said. "Those professors were brilliant. It was a really intense, extensive process."

His new schedule is sometimes as hectic as his old one. A day after ordination, Javie had to deliver his first homily at Saint Andrew's. There are Masses, ceremonies, home and hospital visits, counseling sessions, and speaking engagements.

"I made a living in sports," he said. "They paid me to referee, and it was a good job. But this is something else, a really incredible journey. I worked in the Finals for 15 years. I worked Game 7s. But that doesn't compare with this. It's a feeling I can't describe."

Those who know Javie well, such as his fellow Whitemarsh Valley Country Club members, now feel free to move conversations beyond typical locker-room talk.

"Now that they know what I've been through, they feel like they have permission to talk about their faith, even to complain about it," Javie said. "They realize that I've changed in one way, but not socially or personality-wise. I'm just Steve Javie. I always have been. It just so happens I'm not a referee anymore. I'm serving the Lord now."

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Join Fellow Parents at the Party On The Patio

Before the leaves are brown and the sky turns gray,
come and surf into the new school year with La Salle's
Mamas and Papas who will be California Dreamin'.

Party On The Patio
Parent Social

Saturday, September 14, 2019
7:00 pm
Glaser Center and "The Pit"

$50 per person

The event is sponsored by the Mothers' Club and Men of La Salle and
all proceeds will support the Auction and benefit students in need.

Casual Dress
Price includes appetizers, beer and wine, and live music.
All attendees must be age 21 or older.

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Welcome Back From Brother James Butler, FSC

"All work and no play," so the saying goes. No doubt esteeming me a dull boy indeed, numerous friends and acquaintances have advised me over the years, "you need to get a hobby—something that complements your working life." Well, golf only brings out a slight inclination towards explosive impatience, and anything you collect, you also need to dust. So that's out too.

But falconry? That could be the ticket. So, while on vacation, I dabbled a bit, as they used to say on Seinfeld. I spent some time with Rocky here back in July (I named him not for Philadelphia's ubiquitous and eternal boxer, but for the cartoon gangster occasionally appearing in episodes of Bugs Bunny, whose disposition "da boid" shares). This experience allowed me to reflect upon four unexpected similarities between the sport of sheiks and the experience of Lasallian education. These observations ring true whether we can draw on many years' experience with this school or are arriving with our first son, a member of the Class of 2023 whom La Salle welcomed this week.

1. An investment of time and effort are required. Despite the impression of preternaturally easy command I exude while working with Rocky, falconry takes time. In the western world, there's a two-year long apprenticeship with a sponsor, and it takes seven years to achieve real mastery. Hunting with a raptor also requires a lot more effort than using an inanimate weapon you can put back on the shelf after an outing. The bird requires appropriate housing and daily care: feeding, grooming and training. Likewise, in the Lasallian high school, no one who "does enough to get by" will thrive. Parents commit not only to a serious financial obligation but to an ongoing involvement: with their son's studies to the extent necessary; in support of his chosen activities; through volunteer service; and via an extensive social calendar of school activities which build and sustain the community. Students have a lot more homework than they may be used to and must manage it while exploring many athletic, co-curricular, and service opportunities before ultimately committing to a few. They generally juggle these responsibilities while navigating a more challenging commuting routine than their peers may experience. Teachers too need to be all in. You can't skate by on an undergraduate education and scant preparation. Students will ask probing questions, expect you to demonstrate not just competence but mastery, displaying an ability to reteach creatively when comprehension eludes an individual or the class. Such classroom routines take place within the context of a school that invites your involvement with these students for long hours after dismissal purportedly occurs at 2:35 pm and with your own professional growth on an on-going basis.

2. You remain who you are but are guided and supported as you grow into the best version of that self. Falcons are never tamed. The hunt demands they not lose their wild identity. They need to be comfortable and docile with humans while growing unimpeded into their predatory nature. A similar logic explains why you'll never hear a graduate of this school referred to as a "La Salle Product." Factories put out products, uniform and predictable. In that world "exceptional" is not a compliment. Lasallian schools nurture and shape unique individuals, coaxing their best out of them while allowing them ever expanding spheres of autonomy and responsibility. We believe that wisdom is discovered not through unrelenting obligation and a constraining pressure to "fit in," but through freedom, a true freedom that invites commitment but does not impose conformity.

3. A growing trust is required to sustain the relationship. Let's face it. Most of the dogs and cats we consider part of our families wouldn't survive ten minutes without us. They're completely domesticated and dependent, comfortably tethered in our yards awaiting their next meal. The raptor, on the other hand, is trained to do for the falconer what he would need to do to survive on his own: hunt in the wild. Each time a falcon is unhooded and departs from his keeper's glove, he need never return. Some mixture of habituation, loyalty, and a calculus proving that he is reliably better off in human care encourages the falcon's return to that person who released him, regardless of the hunt's success. So, it is here at La Salle. Almost none of us—faculty, students, parents, even administrators—must be here. Only the few Brothers are in some fashion "assigned" here under their vow of obedience. Every other member of the school community chooses to be and remain here. And it is exactly that dynamic, the fact that this path has been voluntarily chosen by so many dynamic, creative, and expansive personalities, that makes the journey so interesting.

4. The culmination of the journey is being set free, but that freedom is sustained by repeated spiritual return. Western falconers defend themselves against accusations that this sport requires enslavement of an otherwise free creature by noting that, compared to their wild counterparts, far more captive falcons survive their first year out of the nest. Protected from predators and disease, their chances of reaching maturity are greater. It is at that point, though, that master falconers will set a bird free and begin training a fresh fledgling. While the experience of faculty and parents of several sons is longer, the modal amount of time a person spends at La Salle is four years. But typically that's enough: enough to ground him in the experience of faith, in the reality of a loving God revealed through the people and events of our lives; enough to ground him in the disciplines and habits of mind that will make a professional out of him; enough to ground him in the ideals of fairness, respect, and generosity that will make him admired and exemplary in that chosen profession; enough to ground him in a brotherhood which will call him back to people and memories periodically throughout his life, call him to his best self in every major decision he makes, however far from this mews he may have flown.

Welcome or welcome back to a new year at La Salle. I look forward to discovering how your son(s) will take flight this year, particularly those young men who will cross the stage at graduation on the last Saturday in May.


Brother James Butler, FSC

PS: I'd be remiss if I didn't try to get across a fifth point, one that's very important to Rocky. Don't ever call him a hawk.

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Back to School Nights

Back To School Nights
The Student Handbook and Family Directory for 2019-2020 will be distributed at Back To School Night.

Parents of Freshmen (Class of 2023)
Thursday, September 5, 2019
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Presentation Begins Promptly at 6:30 pm

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College Counseling Update - September 2019

College Counseling Update – September 2019

The college search and application process can be a challenging experience for students and their families. Our goal in the College Counseling Department at La Salle College High School is to educate your sons regarding the process, to support them in their efforts, and to assist students in identifying colleges and universities that match their academic abilities and will offer success in a suitable environment for continuing intellectual development. Finding the right college or university is about "fit", therefore, we expect each student to play an active role in his college search and admission process.

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Auction - Featuring California Dreamin'

Please join us at the school's annual auction, which will feature California Dreamin', on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Sponsorship opportunities are available and items are needed for the silent, luxury, and live auctions.

35th Annual Auction
California Dreamin'
Saturday, November 2, 2019

For information of to make a donation, please contact the Auction Office at (215) 402-4915.

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Welcome (Back) Barbecue For Fathers

All fathers are welcome to a barbecue sponsored by the Men of La Salle. The night is a great way for new fathers to meet other fathers and learn about the La Salle community. Returning fathers can catch up with friends and learn about all of the exciting things happening this year.

Men of La Salle
Welcome (Back) Barbecue
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30 pm
Glaser Center and "The Pit"

Admission is Free

In the event that you have any questions, please contact Scott Porreca at

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New Mothers' Tea

The Mothers' Club invites freshman mothers and mothers of new students for a traditional welcome. Invitations have been mailed. Please RSVP by September 13, 2019 using the response card that was included with the invitation.

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Pennsylvania Personal Tax Credit Program

Wouldn't you like to turn your personal PA tax liability into financial aid dollars at La Salle, instead of paying the state? Utilizing the EITC/OSTC tax credit programs, you can receive up to a 90% tax credit on donations made to La Salle. Specifically earmarked for need-based financial aid, this funding is essential to offering a La Salle education to a broad and diverse profile of students.

In conjunction with the foundations Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) and The Foundation for Catholic Education, you can join a special purpose LLC and receive a 90% personal tax credit on your contribution to La Salle. There are no hoops to jump through or long applications to fill out. Full details are available on the BLOCS website located at and the Foundation for Catholic Education's website located at

- Individuals wishing to direct their personal tax liability to La Salle can join a special purpose LLC.
- A two-year commitment nets a 90% tax credit on your donation.
- Full details are available on our EITC/OSTC page, located at

Questions? Interested in joining an LLC? Contact Brett Foley '00 in the Office of Institutional Advancement at (215) 402-4812 or

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Be Counted - Final Opportunity to Participate

June 30, 2019 marks the end of our 2018-2019 fiscal year! Will your name be in the book? To date, over 1,700 alumni have supported one of the many initiatives listed at, ensuring that the opportunity of a Lasallian Education continues for our next generation of Explorers. Be sure your name is listed under your class year in this fall's Annual Report with a gift today!

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Coming Soon - Day of Giving #LSCHSGIVES

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the feast day of our founder and namesake Saint John Baptist de La Salle, La Salle College High School will be celebrating its first-ever #LSCHSGIVES Day of Giving! Focused on generosity and its impact on the La Salle community, this twenty-four-hour event will highlight the many ways that giving affects the Explorers of today and tomorrow and our school as a whole. With a goal of 263 gifts for our 263 soon-to-be graduating seniors, the generosity of our alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents, trustees, and friends will be on full display! Stay tuned for more details and ways you can help get involved on May 15th!

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Pre-7th and Pre-8th Grade
Summer Enrichment Program

Build and Launch a Rocket
Learn the Basics of Coding
Take Photos Like a Pro
Never Lose a Debate Again

June 17-28, 2019 (Session One)
July 8-19, 2019 (Session Two)
June 17- July 19, 2019 (Full Session)

For more information and to register,

By the numbers...
70% of students in the summer program at La Salle, on average
25 current scholarship recipients at La Salle attended the summer program, including the Founder's Scholarship Recipient (Full Scholarship) for the Class of 202
100% of students take a full-scale practice High School Placement Test (HSPT)

What do past students have to say about the program?
"I would recommend this program to all prospective students
thinking about attending La Salle."

Current La Salle Sophomore – Class of 2022
"The camp was exceptional."
Founder's Scholarship Recipient (Full Scholarship) – Class of 2023

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Booters Club

Dear Soccer Parents:

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 La Salle Soccer Season! All of the coaches and players are enthusiastically looking forward to a successful season.

The Booters Club is the soccer organization, led by the parents, which offers support to all of the athletes involved on the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshmen teams.

We focus our efforts in the following areas:

Please take a moment to complete the registration form, which will be sent via e-mail, for additional emails & cell numbers which will assist us with any future planning. Bring it completed in advance to the liturgy.

We’d love to have you join our efforts – all are welcome!


Tim and Andrea Hammel, 91 Laurel Lane, Phoenixville, PA 19460 610-220-4019

Summer camp

La Salle College High School
Soccer Camp

Dates: July 24-28, 2017

Time: 9 am - 3 pm

Ages: Boys and Girls ages 6-16

Cost: $225 (checks payable to Tom McCaffery)

Special Features

  • Specialized Group Rates (Contact Camp Director for Additional Information)
  • Player Evaluation Report Card
  • High Instructor to Player Ratio
  • Awards for Contest Winners and Special Achievement
  • Swimming (with Lifeguard on duty)

What to Bring:

  • Soccer Shoes/Cleats
  • Sneakers (for indoor play)
  • Soccer Shorts and Shirts
  • Shin Guards (mandatory)
  • Bathing Suit and Towel
  • Soccer Ball
  • Lunch
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