Pam McNabb, who has deep ties to the Atlanta lacrosse community as a coach, club director, and referee, will serve as WPLL Futures Director for Georgia. McNabb and a team of WPLL players including Amber McKenzie and Emily Kift will hold a regional tryout on Sunday April 22nd at Kell High School in Marietta, GA for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade players interested in taking part in the Georgia branch of the WPLL Futures Program. A character and leadership intensive program, Futures is not intended to replace or interfere with a player’s high school or club commitments. Players selected to a Futures team will not be required to attended any practices prior to the championship weekend July 10th-12th, but rather will be required to take part in a series of online courses and workshops.
“The Georgia lacrosse scene continues to grow, and each year you see more and more talented players making an impact on the college scene,” explained WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams. “We are excited to have Pam represent the WPLL in Georgia, connecting with and developing local players.”
Central to the WPLL’s mission is helping the next generation of female lacrosse talent grow into strong, confident leaders. With the help of partners Victory Academy and Brave Enterprises, the WPLL’s Futures Program is designed to expose high school players across the country to lacrosse and leadership experiences that will prepare them for any challenges they may face. Players selected for the Futures Program will receive a mix of lacrosse and life skills that will help them for life. Futures players will also have the opportunity to play in a national tournament this summer, competing against top-talent from across the country. Whether you make the Futures team or not, all players that tryout will be given access to a year’s worth of online leadership training.
The tryout consists of a variety of lacrosse and fitness drills that will be run by McNabb, McKenzie, and Kift. McKenzie, a standout defender for UNC Chapel Hill, was a Tewaaraton trophy finalist as a senior and won two World Cup Championships with US Lacrosse. Kift, a keeper that graduated from Maryland in 2017, won three NCAA Championships. In addition to meeting and learning from WPLL pros, all players that attend the April 22nd tryout will be given access to online curriculum designed to test and improve their leadership and bravery skills. After the evaluations are completed, 60 players will be named to the three Georgia Futures teams, 20 players from each grade.
Pam grew up playing lacrosse outside of Philadelphia in Downingtown, Pa. She went on to play at Bloomsburg University, a Division II school in Pa. Upon moving to Atlanta in 1996, Pam joined the Atlanta Women's Lacrosse Club (AWLC) and quickly became part of a core group of people dedicated to the growth of girls' lacrosse in the Atlanta area. In 1998, Pam began coaching at Centennial High School in Roswell, one of the first public schools to have a lacrosse program in Georgia. Pam coached at Centennial until the end of the 2004 season. A 2x recipient of the Georgia Chapter of US Lacrosse Woman of the Year Award (2008, 2012), Pam currently directs Hotlanta Lacrosse. After more than 19 years of being involved in girls' lacrosse in the southeast, Pam's goal remains the same—to preserve the tradition and integrity of the game, as well as promote good sportsmanship and provide positive role models for today's youth. Outside of the lacrosse world, Pam became a Georgia licensed attorney in 2010 and is doing pro bono work at the AVLF (Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer's Foundation). She works with children as a guardian ad litem and other legal programs to assist the underprivileged.
"Lacrosse has made me the person I am today—from player, to coach, to club owner, to tournament director; I am a zealous advocate of learning life lessons on the field. In today's world of social media and outside pressures, girls have a more difficult time than ever before building and maintaining confidence and self-esteem. The WPLL's Future's Program is exactly what female athletes need in today's world. Girls need to be empowered with strong leadership skills and mentored by professionals who teach both skill and character. I am honored and excited to be involved in such an innovative program of leadership,” explained Pam
Players interested in the Futures tryout can register here.