Providing local organizations with free lacrosse equipment and support so they can provide affordable and accessible youth lacrosse activities to their participants.
A child’s first lacrosse stick not only serves as a means to play the sport, but a symbol of life-enhancing values such as confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership that can be developed through lacrosse. Those are the hallmarks of the First Stick Program, which piloted in 2010 through the generous assistance of individual donors. We want to inspire kids to play hard and dream big.
"We would never have made it if it wasn’t for the benefits, equipment, and training that USA Lacrosse provided us through the First Stick Program."
First stick options
Organizations can apply to receive a Starter Kit Package, Youth Team Grant, or High School Team Grant through our First Stick Program.
The Starter Kit Package provides 30 lacrosse sticks, two dozen soft practice balls, and two 3’x3’ goals to help organizations introduce the sport to new participants. Starter Kit grants also include complimentary USA Lacrosse membership for up to 2 adult coaches and up to 30 new youth players.
Youth or High School Team Grant
The Youth or High School Team Grant provides enough equipment for 20 field players and 1 goalie. Organizations that receive a team grants are required to be participants in the USA Lacrosse 100% Membership Program. They will receive complimentary USA Lacrosse membership for up to 2 adult coaches and up to 20 new youth or high school players. Priority is given to 14U programs and organizations seeking to balance participation equally between boys and girls.
How to Apply
First Stick applicants must submit a Proposal Form in order to be eligible to receive a grant. Please follow the link below to learn more about the Grant Process and to submit an Interest Form that will keep you notified about evolving grant cycles and deadlines.