US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse, announced today that the organization has awarded 29 new grants to encourage and empower lacrosse participation in underrepresented communities. These awards, made through the Diversity & Inclusion Grant Program, will be utilized by local organizations to initiate and continue programs that promote lacrosse diversity participation and education.

US Lacrosse believes that broad representation and participation add significant value to the lacrosse experience, and seeks to provide sustained leadership and resources for the growth of the game in all communities. Now in its second year, the D&I Grant Program is providing $78,000 in grants to this year’s community partners.

“We had a large number of qualified applicant programs that are really making a significant impact around the country, and therefore we increased the number of grants this year in order to provide support for as many deserving organizations as possible,” said Eboni Preston-Laurent, senior manager for diversity and inclusion at US Lacrosse. “We’ve selected some phenomenal groups that are committed to supporting the underrepresented lacrosse community in a truly positive way.”

The majority of the D&I grants range from $1,000 to $3,000, and are awarded in six separate categories: community impact, disability access, girls’ initiatives, urban outreach, event support and BRIDGE programs. The 29 organizations receiving grants this year represent 14 different states across all regions of the country.

Grant Recipient (State) -- Type of Grant

  • City Lax New York (New York) -- Community Impact Grant
  • South Country Youth Lacrosse (New York) -- Community Impact Grant
  • Young Quakers Lacrosse (Pennsylvania) -- Community Impact Grant
  • Overton Lacrosse (Tennessee) -- Community Impact Grant
  • Breaking Barriers Lacrosse (New York) -- Disability Access Grant
  • Cape Ann Adaptive Lacrosse (Massachusetts) -- Disability Access Grant
  • Excel Lacrosse (North Carolina) -- Disability Access Grant
  • Black Widow Lacrosse (California) -- Girls’ Initiative Grant
  • Kids in Sports (California) -- Girls’ Initiative Grant
  • Black Women in Sport Foundation (Pennsylvania) -- Girls’ Initiative Grant
  • Urban Family (Washington) -- Girls’ Initiative Grant
  • Oakland Lacrosse (California) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • Baltimore Lacrosse and Leadership (Maryland) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • Metro Lacrosse (Massachusetts) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • Homegrown (Minnesota) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • Twin Cities Native Lacrosse (Minnesota) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • Albany Lacrosse Club (New York) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • Brooklyn Lacrosse (New York) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • ROC E6 (New York) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • PPP Lax (North Carolina) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • Brentwood Lacrosse Club (Tennessee) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • BRIDGE Lacrosse (Texas) -- Urban Outreach Grant
  • South Florida Optimist (Florida) -- Event Support Grant
  • Bosse High School (Indiana) -- Event Support Grant
  • KIPP Lacrosse (Maryland) -- Event Support Grant
  • Charm City Lacrosse (Maryland) -- Event Support Grant
  • Rangeview High School Lacrosse (Colorado) -- BRIDGE Grant
  • Atlanta Lacrosse Initiative (Georgia) -- BRIDGE Grant
  • Forestville Boys and Girls Club (Maryland) -- BRIDGE Grant