Through a new partnership agreement, US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse will recognize contributions to the development of lacrosse at the local level by MLL players through the “Homegrown Hero of the Game” program.

The “Homegrown Hero of the Game” will highlight MLL players that have deep roots in their hometowns and have made significant efforts in growing the sport in their local area.

Those efforts directly align with US Lacrosse’s mission to support the positive growth of the sport at the grassroots level. US Lacrosse, a non-profit organization founded in 1998, has invested $275 million in the development of the sport since its inception.

“Celebrating the contributions of MLL players to the growth and development of lacrosse is a natural complement to our mission,” said US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen. “We‘re grateful for the opportunity to work with key stakeholders like the MLL to scale and amplify shared priorities.”

“Aside from being able to impart their expertise on the next generation of lacrosse participants, our players do this for the absolute passion for the game,” said Alexander Brown, Commissioner of Major League Lacrosse. “Any time that we can work with US Lacrosse to help build our sport, the league and our players are all in.”

Major League Lacrosse is celebrating its 20th anniversary season in 2020 and the 18-game schedule opens Saturday, July 18 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. To engage fans throughout the season, Major League Lacrosse will leverage its exponentially growing digital infrastructure, one that has seen 122 percent growth in social engagement and 393 percent growth in web traffic in the past year.

Each of the league’s six teams will play five regular season games before culminating with a four-team playoff. Each of the games will be broadcast on ESPN properties, including the championship game on Sunday, July 26 at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The chosen “Homegrown Heroes” will be featured in select broadcasts.

US Lacrosse will report on the games regularly throughout the 2020 season, sharing updates and highlights from the games each day.

To help support US Lacrosse and MLL efforts to grow the sport, please consider making a donation: https://give.uslacrosse.org/campaign/mll/c292674

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