US Lacrosse and the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) have announced today a multi-faceted partnership aimed at bolstering youth lacrosse participation and promoting diversity in the sport through all ages.

This year, US Lacrosse developed and implemented a first-of-its-kind, free Cultural Competency Course that assists lacrosse organizations in further educating coaches and parents about the impact of both diversity and inclusion in the sport at all levels of participation. Leading up to the beginning of the inaugural PLL season on June 1, all PLL players and coaches will complete the course.

"There is nothing more important to the growth of lacrosse than ensuring every child and family know they are welcome," said US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen.  "We are thankful that the PLL and its players are aligned with US Lacrosse in supporting such an important cultural message."

Another phase of the partnership will see the two parties join to promote US Lacrosse’s impactful First Stick Program. Through dedicated efforts to assist school and organizational participation of lacrosse, the First Stick Program has provided state-of-the-art equipment and gear to students since 2010. This year, PLL has pledged to donate game tickets to organizations registered in the program and will host players of all ages at venues throughout the debut season. 

"I’ve had the privilege of being involved with US Lacrosse throughout all stages of both my amateur and professional lacrosse career," says PLL Co-Founder and CSO Paul Rabil. "I’m thrilled that we can work alongside the governing body to inspire the next generation of players and make the game accessible for all participants."

Previously, US Lacrosse and the PLL announced a partnership to work together on the National Development Team Program (NTDP). The PLL is hosting NTDP regional trials, the first phase of a multi-phase trials system that will ultimately lead to USA Select teams at the U15 and U17 age groupings. The first of those events on the boys' side will be held this weekend in conjunction with the PLL games in Foxboro, Mass. US Lacrosse has a similar partnership with the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) for the girls' USA Select teams.

ABOUT PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) brings the sport of lacrosse to a national stage for the first time through a tour-based model, complete with the best players the sport has to offer. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the Chernin Group, and Blum Capital. The PLL season will begin in June 2019 with six teams embarking on a 14-week season that concludes with a playoff and PLL Championship Game. The PLL season will be distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Sports Group. For more information, visit www.premierlacrosseleague.com and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter(@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague) and YouTube (YouTube.com/PLL).

ABOUT US LACROSSE

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing team sport. US Lacrosse, which coordinates all activities of the U.S. National Teams Program, has nearly 450,000 members across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. For more information, please visit www.uslacrosse.org or follow @uslacrosse on social media.