Summit Lacrosse Ventures will be presenting a new award at this summer’s annual Lake Placid Legends induction ceremony on August 2 at the North Elba Athletic Fields. Sponsored by Lax All Stars, the new “Grow the Game Award” will recognize and honor people who have been instrumental in the growth of the game. “Recipients may not necessarily be Legends, but they are people who have played significant roles in helping this sport spread across the country, and beyond,” explained Legends Foundation and Summit Society director Dan Witmer. “We want to give credit to the coaches and founders who had a vision, took risks, and shared their love of the game.”
This year’s inaugural recipient is an entire family. Harry and Patricia Queener, their sons Brice and Brett, and daughters Sarah and Sylvia, of Penn Yan, NY have not only played the game at All-American, state and Empire State Game championship, and professional levels, but they have also started youth, scholastic, and NCAA lacrosse programs as well. They have been assistant or head coaches in New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, California, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and Canada. They have started programs ranging from the Penn Yan box “chicken coop” to girls’ programs at the scholastic and college levels, and have partnered with community groups like Harlem Lacrosse LA.
“In looking for our first recipient, we came up with Harry Queener, who coached at Penn Yan High School for decades – but then we considered what Patricia has done, and what the four children have done. It really didn’t take us long to decide to recognize the entire family,” said Witmer.
All six Queeners are expected to be in attendance for the presentation in Lake Placid in August. Over the years, all four of the Queener children have played in the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament, and at least a few of them will probably be suiting up once again for this year’s 29th edition.