Participants at a US Lacrosse TryLax event in Atlanta last summer. US Lacrosse helped coordinate over 100 TryLax grants in recent months as part of its grant program.

SPARKS, Md. — Committed to fueling the sport’s national growth and breaking down barriers to participation, US Lacrosse today announced that it awarded 869 grants totaling $2.38 million to support efforts to grow the game at the community level during the 2019-20 grant cycle that ended in mid-March. The grants were awarded to organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Funding for these grants is made possible through the support of US Lacrosse members, corporate partners and philanthropic donors. US Lacrosse has invested over $275 million into the sport’s national development since its founding in 1998.

”This is the type of impact our members and donors have always enabled,” said US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen. “Unfortunately, we’re now facing significant economic challenges caused by the indefinite suspension of play and its impact on membership support. As a result, we won’t be able to fund these and many other programs for the foreseeable future unless membership support returns. US Lacrosse relies on the investment of players, coaches, officials and fans — through their membership and donations — to effectively execute our mission to lead the sport’s continued growth and development.

“Membership has always been the lifeblood of our nonprofit organization. Some view it as insurance and a magazine, but those who are more well-informed understand that membership sustains a supporting national infrastructure of administration, educational resources, sport development programs, direct service grants, injury research, rule development, national teams, communication platforms, marketing initiatives and so much more.”

Overall, $2,003,321 was awarded through 713 equipment grants, $318,553 was awarded through 128 education and development grants, and $36,600 was awarded through 28 financial grants to directly support initiatives of the US Lacrosse diversity and inclusion department, in addition to the diversity initiatives included in the other grant programs.

Over 60,000 pieces of equipment were distributed to community and school programs including sticks, balls and full protective equipment. 219 coach development clinics were hosted through education and development grants, and over 2,000 children attended Sankofa Clinics, hosted in partnership with the Sankofa Lacrosse Foundation, to introduce the sport to boys and girls in underrepresented communities.

To be considered for grant funding, programs are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Deliver sports/physical activity programming to children ages 6-19.
  • Deliver programming through experienced and committed leadership.
  • Offer consistent/structured opportunity for lacrosse play to large groups of children.
  • Deliver a minimum 6-week sports/physical activity program.
  • Preference given to organizations working with both boys and girls and who demonstrate an ability to reach participants in underrepresented and diverse communities.

Members interested in learning more about US Lacrosse grant opportunities can contact their regional manager or visit online: https://www.uslacrosse.org/grants.

2019-20 Grants Awarded

Player’s Pulse AED Grant: 68 awarded worth $68,000

Physical Education Grant: 248 awarded worth $171,120

TryLax® Grant: 139 awarded worth $519,220

Starter Kit Grant: 90 awarded worth $210,600

Youth Equipment Grant: 106 awarded worth $583,060

High School Equipment Grant: 62 awarded worth $451,321

Coaching Development Clinic Grant: 128 awarded worth $318,553

Diversity & Inclusion Grant: 28 awarded worth $36,600 (Note: Additional diversity initiatives are included in the other grant programs)

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