Kids First Lacrosse

The Blackhawks are proud to house the Kids First Lacrosse initiative, which kicked off with a free youth clinic during the Hunger Games charity lacrosse event on November 22, 2014 at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville.

Kids First is the brainchild of Coach Hugh Fiery, who has loyally coached with the Blackhawks organization since its first summer in 2009.  Coach Fiery has also coached at Western Guilford HS, Ragsdale HS, Burlington Williams HS, and Laurel University and currently coaches for the Kernersville Cannons, the Alamance War Dogs, and the Triad Blackhawks.   He was recently appointed the Director of Lacrosse at Forest Trail Academy in Kernersville, where he will run FTA’s new lacrosse program for high school and post-high school players.

Check out the Kids First Lacrosse Facebook Page.

Much of Coach Fiery’s passion and inspiration for the game of lacrosse came from his

Michael A. Perez (1921-2014)

grandfather, Michael Anthony Perez, who passed away on April 29, 2014.  Coach Fiery and the Perez-Fiery family wanted to honor Mr. Perez’s memory and his contributions to the game with a lacrosse initiative that would bring new players into the game, irrespective of socioeconomic background.  As Coach Fiery tells it,

My grandfather, Mike Perez, absolutely loved the sport of lacrosse.He is the reason why I am so passionate about the sport and about coaching. He was the one who talked my mother into letting me play lacrosse in the first place!  He was part of the backbone of the Maplewood Lacrosse Club in Maplewood, NJ. He saw two of his sons play Division 1 college lacrosse. He had a true passion for the sport as well as a passion for community.

My uncles would tell me this one story about how my grandfather piled them into the car and drove from Maplewood, NJ to Baltimore, MD just to go to Bacharach Raisin to get sticks for the whole team for the upcoming season. They would spend hours going up and down aisles and aisles of sticks, hand picking out all of them, setting aside the best ones for themselves!! They would load the car to the brim with sticks and other equipment for the team.

His story is the inspiration for “Kids First Lacrosse”. “Kids First Lacrosse” is an initiative that is being started by my family, with the help of the Triad Blackhawks, to give kids and teams from anywhere and any walk of life the opportunity to play this great game. 

Kids First and A Stick from Chase will partner on future clinics to not only bring kids into

At Neal Middle School in Durham, (from left) Blackhawks Tom Brawner, Kids First Coach Hugh Fiery, Carolina Hilltippers’ Frank Zirkle, and Neal Middle School Lacrossse Coach Eric Lockard meet to discuss start-up lacrosse program at Neal Middle. This new lacrosse program is the result of a partnership between Kids First Lacrosse and Carolina Hilltoppers Foundation

the game but to provide them with lacrosse sticks.

In its short existence, Kids First has:

  • Taught almost 40 youth players the fundamentals of the game at a free clinic at the 2014 Hunger Games.
  • Enabled Cambridge (MD) Lacrosse to purchase new lacrosse helmets for players in need
  • In partnership with the Carolina Hilltoppers Foundation, donated a lacrosse goal and, with assistance from A Stick from Chase, loaned sticks, helmets, and gloves to Neal Middle School (Durham, NC) to enable NMS to begin a lacrosse program.

    Kids First Free Youth Clinic, November 22, 2014, Stick it to Hunger Lacrosse Classic, Kernersville, NC

  • Committed to conduct another free youth clinic at the June 27-28, 2015 K-Vegas Classic at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville.

Read the Lax All Stars coverage of Kids First Lacrosse at Article 1 and Article 2.

Stay tuned for much more good works from Kids First Lacrosse!