WE MAKE LEARNING AND PLAYING LACROSSE AVAILABLE IN THE WASHINGTON, DC METRO AREA TO BOYS AND GIRLS (AGES 5-14), IN A SAFE AND FUN ENVIRONMENT FOR KIDS TO LEARN AND GROW!
FURTHERMORE, WE ASSIST THESE BOYS AND GIRLS TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AS PRODUCTIVE, CARING, AND RESPONSIBLE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN.
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How Did we Get Here?
WINNERS Lacrosse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was started in October 2000 to provide Washington, DC boys and girls, from underserved neighborhoods, the opportunity to learn the game of lacrosse and the life skills associated with playing a team sport. Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, we are able to provide all equipment and programming completely free to our participants!
WINNERS Lacrosse uses the game as the vehicle to instill values, education and life sustaining skills that will give young boys and girls the tools to be successful on and off the field. Our clinics, camps, teams and after school programs include these virtues as part of the curriculum.
While this is an easy question for us, some of you might not know:
For more than a decade, lacrosse has been one of the fastest growing team sports in the country and that trend continued last year.
In the last 5 years, boys' and girls' high school lacrosse have each grown by just under 30% (no other sport has grown by over 11%).
Over the last 5 years, lacrosse is also by far the fastest growing sport at the NCAA level.
42 new programs began play in 2015 (in 21 different states), with a 5% increase in total players. From 2014-2016, a total of 115 lacrosse programs have started across the country.
In 2015, over 800,000 players participated in lacrosse on organized teams, an increase of 2.2% from 2014.
More than half of the total players compete at the youth level (age 15 and below), but every segment of the game is showing continued growth patterns.
2015 marked the 12th consecutive year that the net increase of players was over 20,000.
Beyond the sheer participation numbers, lacrosse continues to grow in terms of exposure.
CBS College Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, the Big Ten Network, PAC12 Network, and the SEC Network are now all carrying lacrosse packages.
Lacrosse combines skills used in soccer, football, baseball/softball, basketball, track & field, hockey, and almost every sport out there into one fast-paced, high scoring game.
What have we done so far?
Since our inception in 2000, WINNERS has introduced the game of lacrosse to over 10,000 inner city DC youth.
Introduced lacrosse to over 1,850 boys and girls
420+ youth players participated on our spring teams (an increase of 38% from last year) with 67 different DC public and charter schools represented on our rosters
Started and operated the first ever Public Elementary School League for boys and girls in Washington, DC with 8 teams participating - 2nd year of the league
Operated the first ever Public Middle School League for boys and girls in Washington, DC with 11 teams participating - 3rd year of the league
20 teams played this spring in DC Lacrosse Leagues (ages 5-14) that WINNERS started
Held after-school programs in 12 different schools throughout DC
A WINNERS graduate from SE DC (who played at KIPP DC and coaches in our program when he can) finished his first year at Rosemont College in Pennsylvania on a scholarship to play lacrosse