Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership Corporation: Building Leadership and Social Responsibility

The Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership Corporation (HLL) is a youth organization that builds leadership skills and social responsibility through lacrosse.

“We provide a safe and structured setting for our players, as we guide them both on and off the field through coaching, mentoring, and academic intervention.  Broadening players’ experiences and skill sets prepare them to become effective leaders in the Harlem community.

The organization is affiliated with the The Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) which is a co-educational community school serving mostly low-income students from Harlem and the Bronx. 80% of the student body is African-American, and the majority of the remainder is of Hispanic origin.

The Lacrosse program started with a group of 11 players; the next year it grew to 26; now it has six coaches and more than 40 players on the squad and there is a waiting list for students who wish to play.  The overall June graduation rate for FDA was about 70% in the middle school.

If you would like to learn more about the organization check out their new web site: The Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership Corporation (HLL).

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