Inside Lacrosse reports that exposure is everything for kids growing up from Harlem to Hollywood. Understanding different school and career options at that young age where they’re growing up is very important, especially because images of success can be simple, trivial and limited. The more opportunity, the more chance for success.
On July 7 and 8, pro lacrosse player Kyle Harrison teamed up with Nike, STX Lacrosse, Powerade and Influence Marketing to bring lacrosse to Harlem and and Team HUNC (standing for “Harlem’s Up-and-Coming”), which exposes kids in the community to sports and new activities.
On both days, Harrison hosted camps to provide a total of roughly 100 kids, ages 8-15, hands-on instruction, such as skills and athletic training. Harrison also provided new perspectives about lacrosse, including current opportunities to get involved, in order to emphasize the sport can one day grant them entrance into college and enhance their future accomplishments on and off the field.
In addition to Harrison, there were a couple of seasoned lacrosse coaches participating in the two-day event, which was also designed to raise awareness for the fastest-growing team sport in the country. There are now 250,000 youth participants nationwide and lacrosse is being played at more than 600 colleges and 2,000 high schools. The sport is even going global with teams throughout Europe, Australia and parts of Asia. Lacrosse’s increased popularity in the past few years, especially in the New York and New Jersey areas, represents a great opportunity for inner-city youth to get involved, now.
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