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Lacrosse is growing quickly on the Island and is already providing tremendous opportunities to Jamaican youth. We introduced lacrosse as a sport in the high schools, have 19 schools currently competing and more coming on board every year. This school based program enables sustainability and provides us with the benefit of a pre-existing competition and match infrastructure. The HS program is currently confined to the Kingston area but the demand is far wider. The kids that play have fallen in love with the game and far more schools are asking how they can join the ranks.
Through increased fundraising and equipment drives we will get the equipment to outfit multiple new teams each year. The demand is there. If we bring it they will play. The sport of Lacrosse will be played in all corners of Jamaica and can become as much a part of the athletic landscape as cricket or football.
This year we will launch a Pre High School development program to introduce the sport and teach the core skills to athletes before they reach HS and increase both the participation numbers and the skill level of those participating. We will launch our first post-HS competitive league so that Men and Women can continue to compete and develop their skills after high school for fun and recreation but also in preparation for International Competition.
This year lacrosse has been adopted as part of the curriculum at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport. This means that in the near future PE teachers graduating from this prestigious institution will be trained to include lacrosse as a part of their curriculum. From here the game will have the ability to grow with integrity and credibility throughout the island of Jamaica and ultimately across the Caribbean region.
We have no doubt that in the not so distant future great lacrosse players will be coming out of Jamaica. We already have both men and women earning scholarships to get their education at D1 and D2 schools in the US.
More importantly we will affect the lives of countless Jamaican youth as we provide a positive athletic and life experience in their formative years.
As the Governing Body for Lacrosse in Jamaica, the JLA also oversees Jamaica’s 5 National Teams. Our Senior Men placed 13th in their initial World Championships in 2018 and the Senior Women placed 3rd at their World Cup Qualifier.
Our National Teams are active throughout the year training both in the US and Jamaica and competing regularly to prepare for Regional and World Events. They also work with Jamaican youth to continue the growth of the game and assist in the development of the next generation of players.
This summer we have 3 major events with our National Teams. Senior Women's World Championship, U21 Mens World Championship, Senior Men's World Championship Qualifier.
In the coming years we will field National Teams at U15 and U17 age groups as well as the current U19 and Senior Teams. With World Lacrosse making a significant push for lacrosse in the 2028 Olympic Games, Jamaica Lacrosse is well positioned to qualify and compete in the greatest sporting event of them all.
Our primary need right now is financial support to keep these program running and continue to expand the reach and impact of Jamaica Lacrosse.