The First Stick Program is the ultimate grassroots initiative for new and developing youth (U19 and below) lacrosse teams nationwide.
Originally developed from the generous giving of the Gibson Family Foundation, and inspired by the life journey of co-founders Paul Meyer, Peter Gibson and Lou Delgatti, the heart of the First Stick Program lies in the belief that a child’s first lacrosse stick not only serves as a means to play the sport, but is a symbol of the life-enhancing values such as confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership that can be developed through lacrosse.
The First Stick Program is designed to deliver comprehensive US Lacrosse developmental and safety resources, equipment, USL membership and coach training to awarded teams. The ultimate goal of each two-year partnership is to develop self-sustaining youth lacrosse programs that operate by US Lacrosse national standards and best practices. As USL is committed to providing benefits and resources to assist in team development, each First Stick team is expected to remain committed to the program for two years.
The First Stick Program is a USL initiative supported by many of the leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers of lacrosse equipment. Our vision is to expand support for the First Stick program to all stakeholders who share the goal of growing the game responsibly.
Through the collective efforts of US Lacrosse and these industry leaders, the First Stick program will expand participation beyond traditional boundaries and inspire kids to play hard, dream big and act responsibility within the sport of lacrosse and the game of life.
More than simply putting sticks in hands, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game.
Goals of the First Stick Program
1 - To assist team organizers in developing boys' and girls' teams at the youth and high school level in their communities.
2 - Breaking down barriers to participation by providing free and/or discounted resources.
3 - Create self-sustaining lacrosse programs that operate under US Lacrosse national standards and best practices.
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