|Courtesy of the Hamption Lacrosse Facebook Page |
by José Olivero
In the article on Hampton University fielding a Division 1 (Div 1) program next year (see the link below), there are a lot of key points and bits of information buried within. I agree on all the contributing factors stagnating the growth of minorities in lacrosse, especially the cost. But, I would add another important reason why lacrosse has not taken off in the Black and Latino communities; there is no viable professional league. Where's the magnet? A viable professional league is one where a player can make an excellent living and live the life of luxury. Comparable to lacrosse, basketball, football, baseball provide that for professional athletes. For most, lacrosse is played as a hobby and for love of the game than as a profession. Professional sports have always been looked as the ticket out of poverty and instant socio-economic improvement. As a sport we're not there yet. Will we make it, I hope so Regardless, it is good to see Hampton joining the Div 1 ranks and I wish them luck.
Former All American Goalie, West Point
Will Hampton University Improve Lacrosse’s Diversity Problem?: http://inlacrossewetrust.com/will-hampton-university-improve-lacrosses-diversity-problem/
Fred Opie on José Olivero’s: [Watch Now 3 min 29 sec] http://lacrossememoir.blogspot.com/2012/06/versatility-is-essential-in-athletic.html