LILacrossenews.com, Posted 10/16/14
From Press Release
US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse, announced today that the organization has awarded 24 new grants to support lacrosse participation opportunities for underrepresented youth. These awards, made through the Diversity & Inclusion Grant Program, will be utilized by local organizations that support the growth of the sport at the grassroots level.
US Lacrosse seeks to recognize and empower organizations that are dedicated to growing the game and making lacrosse as inclusive as possible. As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to providing participation opportunities to all, US Lacrosse is supporting organizations that provide underrepresented youth with lacrosse education and instruction.
“Broad representation and participation add significant value to the lacrosse experience, and we believe that through these grant awards, we can further the impact on ensuring greater diversity for the sport across the country,” said Eboni Preston-Laurent, senior manager for diversity and inclusion at US Lacrosse.
The D&I grants, which range from $1,500 to $5,000, were awarded in five separate categories: community impact, disability access, girls’ initiatives, urban outreach and event support. The 24 organizations receiving grants represent 15 different states and the District of Columbia.
Grant Recipient (State) — Type of Grant
Meeting Street Academy (South Carolina) — Community Impact Grant
Neighborhood Academy (Alabama) — Community Impact Grant
Parks and People Baltimore (Maryland) — Community Impact Grant
Salvation Army Greensboro (North Carolina) — Community Impact Grant
Atlantic Community High School (Florida) — Community Impact Grant
Cape Ann Youth Adaptive Lacrosse (Massachusetts) — Disability Access Grant
Howard County Program Adaptive Lacrosse (Maryland) — Disability Access Grant
Black Women and Sport Foundation (Pennsylvania) — Girls Initiative Grant
Black Widow Lacrosse (California) — Girls’ Initiative Grant
Henderson Lacrosse Club (Nevada) — Girls’ Initiative Grant
Virgo Preparatory Academy (North Carolina) — Girls’ Initiative Grant
Klein Girls Lacrosse (Texas) — Girls’ Initiative Grant
Oakland Lacrosse (California) — Urban Outreach Grant
Winner’s Lacrosse (Washington, D.C.) — Urban Outreach Grant
Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership (New York) — Urban Outreach Grant
Charm City Lacrosse (Maryland) — Urban Outreach Grant
USL South Florida Chapter (Florida) —- Urban Outreach Grant
USL Oregon Chapter (Oregon) — Urban Outreach Grant
HBCU Lacrosse Consortium (Washington, D.C.) — Urban Outreach Grant
Metro Lacrosse (Massachusetts) —- Urban Outreach Grant
Heritage Education Group (California) —- Urban Outreach Grant
Atlanta Lacrosse Initiative (Georgia) — Urban Outreach Grant
Blax Lax (Maryland) — Event Support Grant
OWLS Lacrosse (Illinois) — Event Support Grant
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 sport. US Lacrosse has more than 430,000 members in 68 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. Bookmark, like and follow US Lacrosse at uslacrosse.org, fb.com/uslacrosse and @uslacrosse, respectively.