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Keeper of Lacrosse

The Keeper of Lacrosse Project is a movement to keep lacrosse authentic through the preservation of culture and the promotion of character.

“I want to bring the soul of the game
back in lacrosse.”
- Paul Bashaw - Portage, Michigan

Committed to never losing sight of the past as we journey forward, the Keeper of Lacrosse Project asks each participant to cradle the values that give lacrosse its roots and wings:

The Keeper Code

  • Play in the spirit of the game
  • Honor traditions
  • Promote honor, integrity and respect
  • Encourage good sportsmanship
  • Value teamwork
  • Own a commitment to community

Join the Keeper Project

Three Step to Keeping Lacrosse Authentic!

  1. Sign up to Be a Keeper and receive a free kit of tools and resources.
  2. Practice and preach the following:
    • Play in the Spirit of the Game: play for the love of the game
    • Honor Traditions: be a part of something bigger than yourself
    • Promote Honor, Integrity, Respect: practice virtues fundamental to developing good character
      • Honor the opportunity to participate through grace and humility.
      • Serve the game with integrity in the best interest of the sport.
      • Respect the sport’s traditions and those who came before, holding them in the highest regard, on and off the field.
    • Encourage Good Sportsmanship: value qualities of conduct and attitude over outcome; each teammate or opponent is part of the same game.
    • Value Teamwork: no one is bigger than the game; the team - not individual stars - is the reason for the game.
    • Own a Commitment to Community: long after the last game, the lacrosse family remains; embrace the spirit of the game and pay it forward.
  3. Pay it forward. The Keeper of Lacrosse Project is a donor supported initiative of the US Lacrosse Foundation. Your donation will allow us to continue to bring the soul of lacrosse back in the game.

The Nolan H. Rogers National Keeper of Lacrosse Award

Nolan H. Rogers was a selfless, inspirational and prominent member of our lacrosse family, deeply passionate about maintaining the culture of lacrosse. His love of lacrosse was beyond compare; sportsmanship and good citizenship were paramount and his guiding light. Nolan was a wealth of knowledge, passionate in his love of history, a friend to everyone he met and quick to add humor to every situation.

A player at Duke University and Maryland Lacrosse Club, he served as General Manager of Team USA, on boards with the Lacrosse Foundation and International Lacrosse Federation, and was inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.

The legacy of Nolan Rogers will live on through the countless people he enlightened with his stories, offered a genuine smile and graced with a token of appreciation… and the Keeper Project. The Nolan H. Rogers National Keeper of Lacrosse Award will honor those selfless men and women who, like Nolan, are devoted to upholding the Keeper Code. Applications for nominees will be available in September. To make a donation in honor of Nolan, please visit