Our Vision

Every day more and more children across North America are playing lacrosse. Most start with an expensive set of equipment, a helmet, and a stick that may simply be too large. First Steps Lacrosse is an introduction not only to lacrosse but physical literacy in it’s purest form. With a sponge ball and custom youth stick provided by Warrior, our aim is to teach life lessons about self-esteem, confidence and a healthy lifestyle while developing a love for the sport that will last a lifetime.

Our Story

First Steps Lacrosse is a collaboration between Gord Watt, the Founder and author of the First Steps curriculum; Pattison Sports Group, a boutique sports marketing firm specializing in youth sports management and founders of the Healthy Kids Running Series and Victory Event Series; and the American Indoor Lacrosse Association, the America’s youth leader for indoor lacrosse education and training.

Meet the Team

Our staff is a dynamic group of individuals, with a diverse background in youth sports and business. Together we share a burning passion to teach children invaluable life lessons through sports.


Gordon Watt

Founder & Author

Gord Watt founded First Steps Lacrosse in St. Catharines, Ontario. He remains involved and helps our current Coordinators with the Curriculum while continuing to develop and write new curriculum guides.

Scott Ely

Partner & COO

Scott’s background is specific to sports marketing at the youth level. With experience growing both the Victory Event Series and Healthy Kids Running Series, First Steps Lacrosse is the perfect marriage of his experience and passion.

Johnny Mouradian

Partner & CIO

Johnny Mouradian has traveled North America teaching box lacrosse at all levels including the pros. His wealth of knowledge and background in teaching help to elevate the First Steps program to the next level.

Join the first steps team…

Are you interested in joining the First Steps Lacrosse team? We’re currently accepting new Community Coordinators!