Sticks For Kids is a program that engages and empowers at-risk youth from around the world through the sport of lacrosse. The game serves as a mechanism to develop youth leadership skills, cultivate an environment of inclusivity and collaboration, and to combat feelings of isolation and apathy.
Each Israel Lacrosse Association club partners with Sticks For Kids in working with at-risk youth in their respective communities. Sticks For Kids is currently operating in 13 cities: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Be’er Sheva, Be’er Tuvia, Even Yehuda, Herzliya, Hura, Kfar Yona, Kiryat Gat, Netanya, Sderot, Sha’ar HaNegev, Tal Mond
As part of our school visit program, Sticks For Kids reaches over 10,000 at-risk youth each year from impoverished schools. The school visits focus on using lacrosse to teach life skills such as teamwork, goal-setting, positive communication, and English language skills.
Over 1,000 at-risk youth were given complimentary tickets and transportation to the opening night of the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships at Netanya Stadium, while 15 at-risk youth were given a scholarship to attend a 10-day overnight camp at Nordia Youth Village during the Championships. The kids received new Epoch gloves and sticks, and participated in camps led by visiting coaches, competed in tournaments alongside visiting teams from abroad, and cheered on Team Israel.
Team USA and Hong Kong’s men’s national team took time out of their training camps for the World Championship to conduct a Sticks For Kids clinic at Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem.
There are currently 40 young athletes on Sticks For Kids scholarships, practicing twice weekly and competing in an 18-game season in Israel. The players receive full equipment and uniforms.
Sticks For Kids has also donated equipment and goals to Wizo Hadassim Youth Village and the Hura Bedouin Village.