Thank you to all of our supporters who have helped us make lacrosse matter to so many across the country.
On behalf of over 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters serving 43 states, US Lacrosse would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and nearly 6,000 donors who have already contributed to US Lacrosse this year to ensure the responsible and positive growth of the sport across the country.
Please enjoy the video below representing the impact of your support in your own backyard and nationwide.
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In addition to the quotes used in this video, please find below all the great submissions we received when soliciting responses to:
"Lacrosse matters to me because…"
A huge thanks to everyone who participated!
I can lose myself in the game and forget about everything else in life.
I barely function without it, and it's the only sport God has given me the chance to play.
It is my native sport.
It quite literally saved me from myself.
This sport has really consumed my life but in a good way. I appreciate the doors it has opened for me. One day I want to raise my kids knowing how to play lax and hope they get better than me.
Once you pick up a stick you never put it down.
It gave my son direction and drive to become good at a craft and has put him in college and on a good path. I love this sport.
Lacrosse is more than a game, it has brought me places that I never thought I would be.
I love this game!
It's in my heritage. Sioux!
Lacrosse is life.
There is no bond stronger than the bond you share with your brothers, your brothers in the crosse.
My team is my family.
This game has given me a second chance to become the athlete my other coaches didn't see. I'm proud to represent the game on and off the field.
Because it is my life. I wouldn't be where I am today without it. I love this game and it loves me back.
It's my life, it's tattooed on my leg and pulled me through dark times in my life and taught me many lessons. And now it fuels my dream and my drive to achieve my new goal for next season to try going pro.
There is nothing like a roll dodge, a quick slide, a quick pass to a teammate for a goal and then the camraderie of the team as we celebrate.
My love for lacrosse made me want to succeed in the classroom so I could remain eligible to play. If there wasn't lacrosse, I wouldn't have my high school diploma.
It keeps me motivated.
Because it's the greatest thing in my life, it is my life. I am ten years old.
It's the only sport that actually matters at all.
It's my way of life.
It's the one thing that keeps me going in life.
It's the game where I'm a leader, because it keeps me going, because it's what I love to do!
It gives me something to work for.
Lacrosse is my life and the center of the universe for me.
It has the miraculous ability to take my mind off things, no matter how big. I am proud to say I play the great sport of lacrosse!
It's just one of those things where I feel I really belong.
It's the one place in the world where I don't get made fun of or pushed around. I just get to go out there and play.
Lacrosse matters to me because it's my escape.
Because it's life to me without it I would be fat, have no life, and wouldn't be having a fun life.
It's habitual. It's ritual. It's unusual. It's wonderful.
Lacrosse is family and family is fun. Fun enough to go play my heart out to win.
Because we have seen the incredible positive impact the game has had on countless players in NYC. Be it on their educational opportunities, fitness levels, life skills, relationships, or all the above, lacrosse can change lives!
It is the one thing that will always be there for me.
I like it and want to get better.
It's in my blood.
Lacrosse has kept me going. Through break ups and break downs, through good and bad lacrosse has been there, lacrosse helped be grow. Lacrosse is my life.
It has kept me in the best shape of my life, helped me get into school, and be a part of the first lacrosse movie ever, "Crooked Arrows."
It's a lifestyle, a code to live by, a release when I pick up my stick, a rush everytime I step onto the field.
It has the power to change the world.
It helped me to realize the hard work and dedication I could apply to all areas of my life, especially school.
It opened up a new world for me. All the friends, and great coaches you meet along the way while playing makes it worthwhile.
It is the only sport that has helped my asthma improve and also to help coach the next generation of laxers.
I realized if I did try harder, if I did play better, if I did leave it all on the field every single time I played, I would become the best.
It takes me back, and just makes me happy.
It's my motivation to do better in school, it's my anti-drug, it's my passion.
Lacrosse has afforded our deserving group of Sailors and Marines a chance to play the world's greatest sport!
It gave me a chance to give back to the community that did so much for me.
It got me through a difficult job loss. I am not sure where I would be today if it wasn't for the game of lacrosse.
It has created me. It helps me with everything and I have built so many friendships with it. Hopefully I can give back to the sport that has helped me so much.
Lacrosse is the one thing I can do to get away from everything else in my life. Lacrosse is my refuge.
It has taught me leadership, dedication, teamwork, friendship, how to win and lose with dignity and respect. Team USA has given me a dream for the future.
I was the greatest 4th quarter hero ever (I sat the bench) and rooted for my friends who all play college lacrosse. Now I play D3.
Because when I'm on the field nothing else seems to matter and I can take my mind off all other problems.
It embodies the team first mentality, but also allows you to compete at a one-on-one level at any age level.
Because it matters soooo much to my sons.
It's the ultimate blend of so many other great sports. It's fast but calculating; graceful but savage. It's a love like few others in life.
It's helping me become more confident in who I am and what I can become in the future.
Lacrosse levels the playing field for kids, no matter how tall, big, skinny, or short, you have a place to play.
Lacrosse has given me the opportunity to coach my three daughters and teach many other girls about teamwork, commitment, and integrity.
It's the sport I am most passionate about and can bring people together like no other can.
If I ever feel sad, I just pick up my lacrosse stick and grab some balls and go shoot on my goal.
It's an escape from life's troubles.
I'm a patriotic American and it's the only true American sport and it stopped me from playing football like everyone else.
Because I get to share it with my kids.
For generations it mattered to many and for generations to come it will matter to many more.
It creates opportunities for young women to be athletic, set goals, pursue dreams, and feel successful on and off the field.
Because it allows all the opportunity to enjoy the game of the Native Americans of old, while experiencing the exhilaration of exciting competition.
We took so much and gave so little. I honor the native people of North America by playing their game with respect, skill, and dignity.
Lacrosse is a vehicle to teach the lifelong values of hard work, loyalty, enthusiasm, and integrity.
I lost my father but found lacrosse. It gave meaning again to teamwork and purpose, hard work and play, right and wrong, friendship and family.
Because it helps me learn to work better as a team.
I get to coach and watch kids learn, compete, succeed, grow and have fun playing one of the most fun games on two feet.
It has taught me to never give up and that perspective pays off. Every player is important and we depend on each other.
Lacrosse helped build confidence in my boys and gave them an opportunity to create their own success.
It has given my daughter greater confidence! She loves the game, her teammates, and the challenge.
Not everything matters to me, but teamwork, dedication, drive and determination do. This is why lacrosse matters to me each and everyday.
Lacrosse is a sport I fell in love with and now my kids have. It is a great way to connect with them.
It's motivated my son to work hard, helped him to gain confidence, and taught him life lessons in teamwork, perseverance, and healthy lifestyle choices.
Lacrosse matters to me because it helps my family connect.
Because lacrosse gave me a chance to change things for the better.
As a player/coach, I have learned/taught teamwork, respect, life lessons and had a blast doing it! Lax and family have shaped my life.
It's my life. I love my trainer, and I also know when I get on the field I am the best!
Lacrosse matters to me because it is the American sport. It has a legacy like no other.
Lacrosse matters to me everytime I watch my kids transform into self-confident teammates as soon as they get on the field.