The Newport-Mesa Unified School District voted Tuesday to approve lacrosse as an official sport, with the condition that schools raise enough money to field teams for the upcoming year.
In recent months, the lacrosse clubs at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools have lobbied the district to approve their sport for California Interscholastic Federation status ? in essence, making it a sport rather than an extracurricular activity. Following the school board's vote, the lacrosse booster clubs at both schools will have to raise 75% of the first-year costs by March 31 to put the sport on the field for spring 2007.
Parents from the booster clubs, who attended Tuesday's meeting, were pleased with the board's decision.
"It's just a game that, once somebody plays it, they love it," said Cindy Hanvahan, president of Newport Harbor's lacrosse club. "What's going to be so great with the CIF [status] is the exposure. Now we're legitimate."