The Play Like a Pro Lacrosse Camp was the brainchild of Aimé and Brooke Caines, Ryan Benesch, and Corbyn Tao. The four had talked about having a lacrosse camp, and thus, this was born. Both Tao and Benesch stay in the Twin Cities in the off season and having this camp enables them to stay in the community. It also gives them, along with Caines, a chance to reach out to the community and be a part of the community. They want to show that they are local pros that young players can turn to and look up to. The camp is geared to provide expert player-coaches that double as role models that are available as resources to the campers before, during, and after the camp.
The camp is held at East Ridge High School where Caines is the head coach. It is being held August 6-9 from 9-2 and is for boys ages 8-15. Registration deadline is July 29th. The program features hybrid lacrosse development, individual skill development, tactical instruction, competitive play, speed and agility training, team building games and activities, competitive scrimmages, and daily prizes and camper awards. Each camper will receive a Play Like a Pro shooter shirt, personal player evaluation, camper photo, and daily prizes from sponsors. Campers need to bring their own helmet, gloves, stick, mouthpiece, protective cup, arm guards, shoulder pads, cleats, indoor sneakers, reversible penny and sunscreen as well as lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Water and Gatorade will be provided. The camp is sponsored by Odor Gladiator, Epoch Lacrosse, String King Lacrosse, and Uncommon Fit. Registration can be found on the website
Aimé Caines is the only lacrosse coach in Minnesota to coach at the pro, collegiate, high school, and youth levels. He is assistant coach of the Minnesota Swarm, assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, and head coach at East Ridge High School. He has also coached in Woodbury and Prairie Island. He is the director of the Swarm’s Youth Box League. Caines played in the NLL for 5 years with the Columbus Landsharks, the Montreal Express and the Buffalo Bandits. He can be found on twitter at @hurracaines
His wife, Brooke, is helping with the marketing, development and launch of Play Like a Pro Lacrosse.
Ryan Benesch is currently a forward for the Minnesota Swarm. He was drafted by the San Jose Stealth 1st overall in 2005. Benesch started his NLL career playing for the Toronto Rock where he was rookie of the year. He was traded to Edmonton and then to the Swarm where he has been for the past 4 years. With the Swarm, he has received the following accolades: NLL scoring title, 2010, Swarm all time goal scoring leading 2012, and 2 time all star, west division. He has been active in the Twin Cities working with youth lacrosse and is one of the coaches for the Minnesota Swarm Junior Box lacrosse team. He can be found on twitter at @beniboi21
Corbyn Tao is currently a forward for the Minnesota Swarm. He played lacrosse for Robert Morris University while studying business management and ranked first in the nation for shooting percentage. While at Robert Morris, he was awarded rookie honors of CAA rookie of the week twice and made the 2008 CAA all rookie team. Other honors he received while at school included several player of the week awards and making the First team all north east conference. In 2011, he was drafted 12th by the Minnesota Swarm. In the Twin Cities, he works with the Prairie Island youth lacrosse team and the Minnesota Swarm Junior Box team. He can be found on twitter at @thegreatcorbian