Nationally, US Lacrosse is increasingly allocating resources to promote the development of motivational programs targeted to reach "at risk" students, mostly those in an urban setting. Private corporations and foundations are increasingly interested in providing grant support for these initiatives, including United Parcel Service, which is supporting development of similar programs in Massachusetts on a state-wide basis. The PLA's Inner City Lacrosse Development Program of Philadelphia is part of the BRIDGE Initiative of US Lacrosse ("Building Relationships to Initiate Diversity, Growth and Enrichment"). The BRIDGE Program mission statement is as follows: "We work collaboratively to introduce and expand the sport of lacrosse in nontraditional and underserved communities to embody diversity of players, coaches, officials, and supporters. BRIDGE programs promote individual and collective growth of participants through instruction, opportunity and relationships consistent with the identities and needs of each community."
For more information on the PLA's Inner City Lacrosse Development Program, to get involved as a clinician, volunteer, promoter, Program Director, donor or to learn more about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tina Sloan Green (215-204-1949) or Chris Bates, Head Men's Coach at Drexel (215-895-1859). Donations may be sent to the PLA Inner City Program, c/o Steve Kotch, PLA Treasurer, 107 Steinbright Drive, Collegeville, PA 19426. Among other things, you or your company will be recognized as a PLA sponsor, thanks for your consideration.