Keith Quigley is the founder and executive director of PUCKidz, which offers lacrosse instruction to kids through clinics and after-school programs. Based in Chula Vista, California, PUCKidz is a member of US Lacrosse’s Urban Lacrosse Alliance and is actively involved in bringing the sport to the area’s Hispanic population.

One of the primary obstacles to participation, however, has been helping these parents and families to understand the sport. 

US Lacrosse has now developed new resources to support those like Quigley as they introduce lacrosse to non-traditional participants.  These materials include general and detailed information in Spanish about both men’s and women’s lacrosse, including a Spanish-language infographic and Spanish-language version of the US Lacrosse membership form.

Click here to access free resources online 

“I think this is great,” Quigley said. “I love being able to give these handouts to many of the families in my after school lacrosse programs, camps and clinics. Being able to provide families and kids with some Spanish language resources is wonderful.”

The hope is that these resources will make it easier for Quigley to explain lacrosse to those who have never seen it before.

“If we truly want to grow the game in every community, we must be able to make information about the sport readily accessible for everyone,” said Eboni Preston-Laurent, senior manager for diversity & inclusion at US Lacrosse. “We don’t want language to be a barrier to participation for families that want to get involved.” 

It is estimated that 20-percent of the U.S. population will be comprised of Hispanics by 2050. Lacrosse is currently being played in more than 60 nations across six continents, including 10 World Lacrosse member nations in which Spanish is the predominant or official language.

Preston notes that additional online resources will continue to be added on the site.

“We just started the translation process, but our commitment is to do more in this space,” she said. “We’re in the process of finding more translators to help us effectively convert the English-language resources that we have traditionally provided to the lacrosse community.”  

US Lacrosse believes that broad representation and participation add significant value to the lacrosse experience, and that these valued experiences are enhanced by embracing underrepresented and underserved communities.

“Having something like this to give them helps to learn and understand the game better, and most likely even enjoy the game more because they understand it more,” Quigley said.
 

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US Lacrosse se complace en proporcionar los siguientes recursos en español mientras nos esforzamos por fomentar un entorno de lacrosse más inclusivo para todos los participantes.

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