Dan Anderson Lacrosse Classic (DALC)
Dan Anderson Lacrosse Classic
~ DALC Tournament History ~
The Dan Anderson Lacrosse Classic (DALC) was founded in 2004 in memory of one of GBYLA's first and most dedicated parent boosters, Dan Anderson, who died of melanoma cancer in his late 40's. Dan was one of those parents who was always involved in his son's activities as a coach and/or parent volunteer. Dan's son Chris played lacrosse for 7 years through the GBYLA in Mountain Brook. Dan attended all Chris' team practices and games and helped any way he could with the team and the GBYLA. Within just a few years, Dan went from a sideline dad to Head Coach. His passion for the sport was contagious.
In memory of Dan's spirit and contributions, the GBYLA and Dan's employer, Sterne Agee, launched the Dan Anderson Lacrosse Classic (DALC). Proceeds benefit the GBYLA and Mountain Brook Lacrosse.
In 10 years, the DALC has grown from a 4-team U15 tournament in its first year to a 55 team Boys U13 - U15 and Girls U15 and HS tournament. In 2013, local Birmingham teams participated as well as teams from Huntsville and the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
The Co-Chairmen of the DALC, from its inception, have been Dan's wife, Tracey Anderson, and Tom Lewis, who coached Dan's son Chris for 3 years from 2004 - 2006 on the Mountain Brook Lacrosse team.
We greatly appreciate your participation in this year's DALC and in honoring the memory of Dan Anderson.
~ Cam Miller Memorial Sportsmanship Award ~
Many people who attend or compete in the Dan Anderson Lacrosse Classic never personally knew Dan Anderson, whom this tournament was named for. But Coach Anderson was instrumental in bringing lacrosse to Birmingham. Not just lacrosse, but the "Honor the Game” lacrosse which means:
• Respect for coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, and the fans.
• Competition with heart, honor, and hustle.
• Honoring the traditions of the game and respect for the ancestors of the sport.
• Having fun, being passionate, and adhering to the spirit of the game both on and off the field.
More recently, the seeds sown by Dan Anderson and others in bringing that honor to lacrosse in Birmingham were exemplified by a young coach named Cam Miller. Cam was a very special young man whose character lives on through those that he coached and those who display honor and sportsmanship in their lacrosse and their lives.
Tragically, Cam Miller passed away unexpectedly shortly after the GBYLA 2012 Spring season where he helped coach a Mountain Brook boy’s lacrosse team. The Cam Miller Sportsmanship Award was first introduced into DALC programing in 2013. The Cam Miller Sportsmanship Award tradition will continue in 2014.