OUR MISSION & HISTORY
MetroLacrosse is a non-profit sports-based youth development program whose mission is to foster positive life enrichment, character development and healthy life choices among urban youth and teens through enhanced participation in the team sport of lacrosse.
MetroLacrosse’s original goal was to diminish the disparity between sports programs available to Boston’s urban youth as compared to their suburban counterparts. MetroLacrosse recognized the opportunity to achieve a more profound impact on urban youth: to inspire, motivate, and support participants to achieve success both on and off the field.
Formally established in the spring of 2000, the origins of MetroLacrosse date back to 1997 when founder Zack Lehman developed a program for inner-city youth in a single neighborhood of Boston. Based on the explosive growth and demonstrated impact of this program, MetroLacrosse was established to provide similar opportunities to youth and teens throughout Boston’s urban neighborhoods. Today, through a unique integration of lacrosse, youth development and educational activities, MetroLacrosse provides more than 700 youth from urban communities with social, recreational and learning opportunities.
Who We Serve
Boys and girls grades 3 through 12 who live within the city limits of Boston or Chelsea or attend school in Boston or Chelsea are eligible to participate in our programs. MetroLacrosse does intentionally target areas of higher crime and poverty within those cities and predominantly hosts its programs in Chelsea, Dorchester, and Roxbury.