Kaye College adds lacrosse to phys-ed curriculum

BEERSHEBA, ISRAEL — Kaye Academic College of Education, a teacher training college located in the city of Be’er Sheva, has become the first Israeli university to offer a course on the basics of the sport of lacrosse in their Physical Education curriculum.

Students can enroll for the first class during the 2016 fall semester, beginning in late September. The course is interactive and the syllabus will cover topics including, but not limited to, history & evolution of the game, basic mechanics, game rules, coaching philosophies, specialized position instruction, practice planning and will provide ample amounts of drill suggestions.

Israel national team player Jonathan Rathauser will serve as honorary dean to oversee development and implementation of the course in Beer Sheva. Rathauser, who holds a Masters of Business Administration from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, adds the responsibilities to a busy slate; he also serves on the board of the Kenya Lacrosse Association.

Weekly classes will be taught by Taylor Roy, Program Director of Be’er Sheva Lacrosse Club, and her staff.

“In recent months, Israel Lacrosse has made great strides in expanding its many programs throughout the country but this accomplishment is a giant leap,” said Rathauser. “From the beginning, many of our greatest allies have been physical education professionals who have helped us connect with the kids in schools and advance our mission to inspire them to get involved in this new sport. We have had our sights on this goal for a long time, because by formally integrating lacrosse into the physical education curriculum and empowering native Israelis to become coaches and ambassadors of the sport, kids in every school throughout Israel will learn about it and have access to play this game that continues to positively impact thousands of people around the world.”

To learn more about Kaye College, visit their website at kaye.ac.il.