Each spring, The ATX Jammers will award a $500 scholarship to a former player who will be playing college lacrosse, regardless of the level. The scholarship is in the name of founding father Artie Chavez.
Artie Chavez epitomized the motto ‘grow the game’. Artie learned the game vicariously through his son Jake as he played his high school lacrosse and it didn’t take long for the game to get into Artie’s blood. He soon began coaching at Vista Ridge High School, and in an effort to help grow the program, Artie would donate his salary back to the youth program so they could purchase loaner equipment for new players to come out and learn the game without having the associated costs. This was important to Artie because he wanted to make sure every kid had the opportunity to play this game he loved.
In May of 2013, Artie was instrumental in the creation of ATX Lacrosse, now the ATX Jammers Lacrosse Club. The purpose of this team was to give all players, not just top end players playing on select teams, the opportunity to better their game in the summer. Artie helped coach the inaugural team which played in one summer tournament, The Big Easy Classic, going 3-1 on the weekend. Later that summer, Artie was diagnosed with lung cancer, a battle he would not win.
The Artie Chavez Memorial Scholarship has been created in Artie’s name to honor his desire to give players the opportunity to play the game of lacrosse. Playing college lacrosse costs a significant amount of money and this scholarship is to help offset a small portion of that cost. All graduating seniors that have played at least one season with the ATX Jammers and are planning on playing college lacrosse, NCAA or MCLA, are eligible.
2016 Artie Chavez Memorial Scholarship Recipients – Tri Hays and Parker Jamail
Tri was an all state goalie for Dripping Springs High School and will be attending Texas State University in the fall and will play for the Bobcats lacrosse team.
Parker was an all district midfielder for Dripping Springs High School and will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall and will play for the Aggies lacrosse team.
2015 Artie Chavez Memorial Scholarship Recipient – Grayson Glass
Grayson was an all district midfielder for Dripping Springs High School and currently plays midfield at Texas A&M University in the MCLA. Grayson is also entering his second year as a U15 coach with the Jammers.