Despite systemic challenges, 15 Philly students thrive on their way to play women’s college lacrosse

In 2015, scholarshipstats.com reported there were 84,785 girls participating in high school lacrosse programs throughout the United States with 13.9 percent going on to play on the collegiate level. Despite systemic challenges, 2015 was also the year that a group of young ladies in one of the country’s most deprived neighborhoods, the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia, began their journey using the exclusive sport to create life transforming experiences.

“When I look at the list of 15 young African-American and Latino women, who will attend college to play lacrosse, confirms that women of color have a bigger seat at the table,” said lacrosse coach, educator and advocate, Jazmine Smith. “I am so proud!”

Smith, the founder of Eyekonz Field Hockey and Lacrosse League, is a former Strawberry Mansion High School lacrosse coach that created the school’s girl’s field hockey and lacrosse teams.

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