US Lacrosse seeks to foster a national lacrosse community that encourages understanding, appreciation and acceptance of all within its membership, volunteer base, and staff. Further, US Lacrosse believes that broad representation and participation add significant value to the lacrosse experience of each of us, and that these valued experiences are enhanced by embracing underrepresented and underserved communities.
- Official US Lacrosse Inclusion Statement
Since its inception in 1998, US Lacrosse has supported and led efforts to expand the sport to underserved and underrepresented communities throughout the country. Among a number of initiatives, dozens of US Lacrosse financial and program grants are awarded annually to introduce the sport to new participants and audiences.
The 2013-2015 US Lacrosse Strategic Plan identifies inclusion as one of the organization's top priorities, and within that framework, the organization will continue to strengthen the resources it devotes to increasing access to the sport.
Articles & Links of Interest
► Grassroots Start-up in Prince George's (Md.) County (The Washington Post)
► Diverse Club Defies the Sports's Norm (Capital News Service)
► USL Hosts Diversity & Inclusion Retreat (Lacrosse Magazine)
► Oakland Lacrosse Club Reaching Middle School Players (video)
► Harlem Lacrosse's Rookies Score Scholarships (Wall Street Journal)
► Students as Teachers: Sharing a Love of Lacrosse (Philadelphia Inquirer)
► Navy's Dominique Wright is a Fast Learner at Lacrosse (The Washington Post)
► Diversifying Lacrosse Still Work in Progress (ESPN.com)
► Lacrosse Becomes More Popular in Philadelphia (Daily News)
► An Unlikely Foothold: Planting Seeds in Newark (NY Times)
► Lacrosse Bridging the Gap in Baltimore (ESPN.com)
► Local College Players Take City Girls Under Wing (Baltimore Sun)
► City Lax Brings Lacrosse to Inner-City Denver (Westward News)
► Lacrosse Inspires Kids to Work and Study Harder (Denver Post)