City Lacrosse to Merge with Harlem Lacrosse

City Lacrosse, which operates in South LA, announced Wednesday it is forming a partnership with New York City’s Harlem Lacrosse to form what will be the largest urban lacrosse and youth development organization in the nation.

“Much thought and consideration has gone into this decision,” founder Mike Levin said in an emailed announcement, “but the most fundamental driving force has always been our desire to provide the kids in South LA, Compton, and Inglewood with the most opportunities possible.”

Levin’s email said City Lacrosse will continue to offer all the same experiences and services it currently offers but will make some changes and additions thanks to the new partnership.

“Most importantly,” Levin wrote, “we will adopt the Harlem Lacrosse program model which places full-time staff members in each school, all-day, for the entire school year. In addition to leading all the after-school youth development and athletic experiences that our staff currently offers, these in-school Program Directors will also begin providing academic and behavioral support throughout the school day, as well as leading study halls so our students can leverage their participation in the program to achieve great things both on the field and in the classroom.”

City Lacrosse will work toward implementing that program in the 2017-2018 school year.

“We have decided to pursue this partnership for one simple reason,” Levin’s email said. “We believe it will help us create the best possible experiences for the kids in our program. Harlem Lacrosse is comprised of an amazing community of people, just like we have here in LA, and by pursuing this partnership, we are demonstrating one of the values we teach our participants every day, that together we are capable of doing more than we are as individuals.”

Earlier this week, City Lacrosse announced the first City Lacrosse Benefit, presented by Advice Period, to be held Thursday, March 9, at Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City. For more details on the event or to purchase tickets, click here.