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June 19, 2022 — A tree grows in Forestville

Yesterday, at Forestville Bishop McNamara (Md.), there was a gathering of youth lacrosse players at a tournament played with the 6-v-6 Olympic rules package, followed by a showcase game amongst male high-school players.

It wouldn’t be unusual, except for the location as well as the participants.

In the last 10 years, there has been more and more growth in the participations of African-Americans in lacrosse than ever. It’s gotten to the point where an entire segment of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) bracket is filled with teams that did not exist years ago, such as Hyattsville Northwestern (Md.), Lanham DuVal (Md.), and Laurel Chesapeake Math and IT Academy North (Md.). These newer lacrosse problems are from the predominantly Black areas of Maryland such as Baltimore and Prince George’s County.

Yesterday, they gathered for games, a couple of clinics, and a sense of community — the kind that comes from seeing people like yourself in a competitive environment.

That’s really cool.