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Wednesday, 21st October 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club, Posted 10/21/15
From US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse, has announced that the organization has awarded 29 new grants to encourage and empower lacrosse participation in underrepresented communities. These awards, made through the Diversity & Inclusion Grant Program, will be utilized by local organizations to initiate and continue programs that promote lacrosse diversity participation and education.US-lacrosse1

US Lacrosse believes that broad representation and participation add significant value to the lacrosse experience, and seeks to provide sustained leadership and resources for the growth of the game in all communities. Now in its second year, the D&I Grant Program is providing $78,000 in grants to this year’s community partners.

One organization awarded a grant was the Young Quakers Boys’ Lacrosse (BLAX) program created by Penn men’s lacrosse. This pilot program at Comegys Elementary School (K-7) started in 2012-2013 with one 4th-6th grade boy’s lacrosse team. In 2013-2014, BLAX expanded into two teams, with 56 boys (Young Quakers) from Comegys Elementary School and 44 student athletes (Big Quakers) from Penn’s lacrosse team.

The BLAX team adopted the following six cornerstones to guide its season:
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“We had a large number of qualified applicant programs that are really making a significant impact around the country, and therefore we increased the number of grants this year in order to provide support for as many deserving organizations as possible,” said Eboni Preston-Laurent, senior manager for diversity and inclusion at US Lacrosse. “We’ve selected some phenomenal groups that are committed to supporting the underrepresented lacrosse community in a truly positive way.”

The majority of the D&I grants range from $1,000 to $3,000, and are awarded in six separate categories: community impact, disability access, girls’ initiatives, urban outreach, event support and BRIDGE programs. The 29 organizations receiving grants this year represent 14 different states across all regions of the country.

Grant Recipient – State – Type of Grant
City Lax New York – New York Community Impact Grant
South Country Youth Lacrosse – New York Community Impact Grant
Young Quakers Lacrosse – Pennsylvania Community Impact Grant
Overton Lacrosse – Tennessee Community Impact Grant
Breaking Barriers Lacrosse – Massachusetts Disability Access Grant
Cape Ann Adaptive Lacrosse – Massachusetts Disability Access Grant
Excel Lacrosse – North Carolina Disability Access Grant
Black Widow Lacrosse – California Girls’ Initiative Grant
Kids in Sports – California Girls’ Initiative Grant
Black Women in Sport Foundation – Pennsylvania Girls’ Initiative Grant
Urban Family – Washington Girls’ Initiative Grant
Oakland Lacrosse – California Urban Outreach Grant
Baltimore Lacrosse and Leadership – Maryland Urban Outreach Grant
Metro Lacrosse – Massachusetts Urban Outreach Grant
Homegrown – Minnesota Urban Outreach Grant
Twin Cities Lacrosse – Minnesota Urban Outreach Grant
Albany Lacrosse Club – New York Urban Outreach Grant
Brooklyn Lacrosse – New York Urban Outreach Grant
ROC E6 – New York Urban Outreach Grant
PPP Lax – North Carolina Urban Outreach Grant
Brentwood Lacrosse Club – Tennessee Urban Outreach Grant
BRIDGE Lacrosse – Texas Urban Outreach Grant
South Florida Optimist – Florida Event Support Grant
Bosse High School – Indiana Event Support Grant
KIPP Lacrosse – Maryland Event Support Grant
Charm City Lacrosse – Maryland Event Support Grant
Rangeview High School Lacrosse – Colorado BRIDGE Grant
Atlanta Lacrosse Initiative – Georgia BRIDGE Grant
Forestville Boys and Girls Club – Maryland BRIDGE Grant


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