For Immediate Release – Utah Lacrosse Association
For more information contact Dan Dugan: 801-255-5343
SANDY – After nearly a decade of service to the Utah Lacrosse community, in leadership roles ranging from commissioner to chief executive, Cindy Aikens has stepped down as president of the Utah Lacrosse Association for health reasons, the ULA Board of Directors announced.
Aikens was elected president of the association last October to serve out the remaining term of then-President Darrell Robinson, who resigned. She had served seven months at the helm before health concerns prompted her own departure earlier this month.
A ULA Board nominating committee will meet shortly to recommend a replacement from within the Board.
Acting President Dan Dugan said Aikens had a significant impact on lacrosse in Utah, and her contributions to the sport and community were numerous and lasting.
“She will be missed,” Dugan said. “She left this organization and the leagues she oversaw better than she found them, and part of her legacy will always be the positive growth of lacrosse in Utah.”
Aikens first joined ULA in a leadership role in 2005, being named commissioner of the high school boys’ league – the first and only woman to hold that post. Under her tenure, the high school boys’ coaches council was modernized and comprehensive policies for the high school boys’ league enacted.
Aikens served as commissioner through 2009 and also as a member of the Board of Directors. During that time, the number of boys high school programs jumped from 27 to 43.
In 2010, she was elected to the Executive Committee of the Board as an at-large member and then as vice president in January 2011, assuming the presidency upon Robinson’s departure last fall.
The growth of lacrosse has been the most gratifying aspect of her tenure, Aikens said, “but I always have to remember that other people did it before me and made it possible for my son to play, so I always felt that I owed a debt. And now I’ve paid my debt.”