A Wrightsville man was posthumously honored recently by U.S. Lacrosse when that group selected its 2013 Youth Awards.
David Strickler was one of six people recognized at the 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention on Jan. 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The awards are given to honor contributors to youth lacrosse from around the nation.
Strickler was given the Program Administrator of the Year award, which is presented to an "outstanding administrator of a league or program who runs a program of excellence that upholds the mission and vision of US Lacrosse."
Involved in the sport for many years, Stickler spent the 2012 fall and 2013 spring lacrosse seasons in a new role as a program administrator for the Eastern Knights Lacrosse (EKL) program. Before dying in the fall 2013, Stickler accomplished an extensive list of tasks, including: running preseason meetings with parents and players, recruiting and training coaches, promoting and hosting clinics, setting up the registration process, collecting fees, paying bills, ordering equipment and uniforms and scheduling officials.
In his nomination letter, Bob Rhein, the former EKL program administrator and current boys' head coach at Eastern York High School, wrote:
"What really sets David apart from the others is he invested a tremendous amount of time helping to raise the funds necessary for our high school to have lacrosse this spring. He started the EKL Foundation by completing all the required paperwork to qualify as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. I cannot think of one area that David did not positively contribute to this spring, and I can say that had he not stepped forward to assume this role, our high school program would have never gotten off the ground, our youth program would have folded and six years of growth would have evaporated."