Herron-Jacobs giving back to the game

Published on April 3, 2017

Jason Herron-Jacobs and his dad Graham Jacobs will play key roles with the Truro Bearcats Lacrosse Association this season. Jason will teach at the mini and masters levels, while Graham is the association’s president.

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TRURO, N.S. – Jason Herron-Jacobs developed a love for lacrosse at an early age that holds true to this day.

Now, he wants to share that passion with others.

Herron-Jacobs is the mini lacrosse co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats Lacrosse Association. In his role he will teach young players the game at the grassroots level.

“I want to teach them the basics, get them into the game, get them excited,” he said.

Herron-Jacobs started playing lacrosse when he was five years old and understands that getting players involved early in life will bode well for the sport locally in the future.

“If we can get these kids interested in it and continue to do it, the sport will flourish,” he promised.

Herron-Jacobs, 29, who grew up in Halton Hills, Ont., before moving to Truro in 2003, is just the person to help grow the game in the area.

In addition to his passion for the sport, he has played at a high level, including junior A and junior B. The Valley resident also has international experience as a member of the Nova Scotia Privateers senior team.

Herron-Jacobs moved to Alberta in 2010 for work as a correctional officer. He wasn’t involved in lacrosse during his time out west, which further ignited his spirit for the game when he moved back to the area in 2016.

“I came back hungrier than ever and all I wanted to do was help it grow and get back into lacrosse.

“Being able to give to the lacrosse community is huge because if it wasn’t for certain people that came in and helped me out I wouldn’t be where I am right now, especially my mother and father – they devoted a lot of time for me.

“I know it has to start with someone helping someone else out and that’s where I want to be; I want to help kids learn this amazing sport.”

Herron-Jacobs is also the association’s masters’ co-ordinator. In that role, he will teach adults the game.

“I know there’s a lot of parents that will sit and watch games and go, ‘man, I wish I played.’ Well, I’m giving them that chance,” he said.

The masters program is essentially games of non-contact, pick-up lacrosse. Participants need their own helmets and gloves; sticks will be provided.

For more information on mini and masters programs, visit tbla.goaline.ca.

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Truro Bearcats Lacrosse Association is now accepting online registration for the 2017 season.

To register, visit tbla.goaline.ca.

For more information, email bearcatslax@gmail.com

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Graham Jacobs returns to Truro lacrosse

TRURO, N.S. – Graham Jacobs has always been a big advocate of lacrosse in Truro.

So when he was approached about being involved this season with the Truro Bearcats Lacrosse Association, he simply couldn’t resist.

“We want it to succeed,” said Jacobs, president of the local association. “That’s why I’m back here – just to help it grow hopefully a little bit more.”

Jacobs co-founded the Truro association back in 2003, along with Brenda Payne, and would help run it until 2011.

In that first year, the association fielded a midget team, comprised of about 14 players – most of whom were new to the game.

Since, box lacrosse has grown by leaps and bounds in the area. This season, Jacobs said Truro teams will be formed at the mini, peewee, bantam, midget and junior girls levels.

Graham joins his son Jason in the Truro association. Jason is mini and masters co-ordinator, and is also an assistant coach of the Mi’kmaq Warriors junior A team and coach of the CEC field lacrosse team.