Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Why Lacrosse Has Not Taken off in Black and Latino Communities

Courtesy of the Hamption Lacrosse Facebook Page 
Op-Ed

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. 

José Olivero
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

2 comments:

  1. As a Latino and long time lax fan, I would love to see the sport grow among Blacks/Latinos. Unfortunately, the sport has not done very much to promote itself in inner city ghettos. Small wonder why it has not grown there. Promote the sport and it will grow - it's that simple.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You have raised a valid point that Professional sports have always been looked as the ticket out of poverty and instant socio-economic improvement.


    lacrosse pinnies

    ReplyDelete