An initiative that ran from 2016-2018, the goal of the Lacrosse Communities Project (LCP) was to provide US Lacrosse support for growing lacrosse in racially, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in cities across the country. By choosing strategic partners and locations in three pilot areas, they became the place where “the rock hits the pond,” from which the sport rippled out as players and families worked with lacrosse providers in their community to share their love of the game.

Pilot Locations

LCP pilot programs were seeded in Albany, N.Y., Brooklyn, N.Y., and Cleveland, Ohio. These areas were chosen because each area had strong local organizations committed to improving the lives of their communities’ residents and could provide the local partners who make LCP possible. Our pilot partners recognized the role lacrosse can play in inspiring urban youth to healthier lifestyles, academic success, and learning life skills. US Lacrosse continues to support these thriving programs through our granting efforts beyond their initial LCP term.

LCP - Albany

In partnership with City Lax, NYS-Albany, this collaborative effort united the leadership of key lacrosse and community development programs to responsibly introduce and grow the sport of lacrosse within the city of Albany. The Albany Lacrosse Club, Inc., Albany Police Athletic League, City School District of Albany, City of Albany Department of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services, Youth L.I.F.E Support Network and Beverwyck Renegades Lacrosse Club united to focus efforts on the healthy personal, scholastic and athletic development of young lacrosse players and their families.

 

LCP - Cleveland

Through institutional partnerships with Ohio City Inc. and its Near West Recreation program, the North Coast Ohio Chapter of US Lacrosse, the Urban Community School, with support from St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland State University and the City of Cleveland Municipal School District, the Lacrosse Communities Project-Cleveland provides the framework necessary to create self-sustaining, multi-generational youth lacrosse programs.

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LCP - Brooklyn

Working with CityLax, Inc., the Long Island Metro Chapter of US Lacrosse, John Dewey High School, New York Public Schools, Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse and the Brooklyn Lacrosse Club, US Lacrosse is provided support and guidance to expand an already vibrant lacrosse playing community in select schools that have a relationship with Gravesend’s main public high school, John Dewey and expose younger players through community centers in the area while providing connection to established city programs to pursue further lacrosse opportunities.

 

What’s next for Lacrosse Communities Project?

Using the learnings and wisdom from the leaders on the ground level of each of the three pilots, US Lacrosse is currently evolving the LCP concept and identifying the resources necessary to grow the number of urban communities we can meaningfully impact in the next five years. Urban lacrosse stakeholders and community partners interesting in using lacrosse as a vehicle to impact urban youth are encouraged to explore the breadth of US Lacrosse's existing grant programs to support these efforts.

US Lacrosse Grants