Last month, the National Lacrosse League (NLL) extended its partnership with Right To Play, a global organization that serves children in communities facing poverty, conflict and disease by promoting positive youth development through sports and games.
With a mission to “protect, educate and empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play,” Right To Play engages 1.9 million children every week in its programs around the world. Through its programming, Right To Play helps children learn to overcome issues affecting their communities, such as peer violence, sex trafficking, HIV and gender inequality.
Now in their eighth year of partnership with Right To Play, the NLL and its teams kicked off a new round of initiatives in March to support the work of Right To Play. With a common goal to empower youth through leadership skill-building and teaching the importance of sportsmanship and fair competition, the NLL and Right To Play have partnered to host youth lacrosse clinics, support Right To Play’s fundraising appeals for International Women’s Day, and auction off autographed NLL jerseys to raise money for Right To Play.
As part of the initiative, teachers in Prince George, British Columbia, ran a series of weekly lacrosse clinics for children at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary, the province’s first public Indigenous-centric school. The NLL will also support Right To Play by sponsoring clinics throughout the offseason and helping to promote Right To Play’s fundraising appeal for Indigenous People’s Day on June 21. Additionally, each team has an assigned “Player Champion” who is primarily responsible for promoting the league-wide campaign on behalf of Right To Play.
Commenting on how proud he is to work with Right To Play for the eighth straight year, particularly in Indigenous communities in Canada, NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz stated, “This partnership allows us to support Indigenous communities where lacrosse has such deep history, while also empowering children through our game.”
Learn how you can support the work of Right To Play here.