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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Can Lacrosse take off in Detroit?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 2:17 PM

A campaign on Indiegogo.com is attempting to raise money to bring the game of lacrosse to Southeastern High School in Detroit.

According to that webpage, “Players, coaches, and parents of the game of lacrosse all know what tremendous values it can instill in those the game touches: hard work, discipline, and the ability to work as a team, among many others. Yet for our students at Southeastern High School in Detroit, this opportunity is beyond their reach. But, with your help, we can change that. Help us bring lacrosse to Southeastern High School and, soon, the entire city of Detroit! Our young and energetic staff, full of experienced lacrosse players and supporters, is uniquely suited to bring this sport to our eager students. And our administration and community are 100% behind our campaign. “

There are 53 days left to achieve the $10,000 goal and at the time of writing, $1,871 has been raised.

It’s an interesting, unconventional move. Lacrosse certainly isn’t generally viewed as an inner city Detroit sport. As TotalProSports said, “Lacrosse is a gateway rich person sport. It’s not entirely exclusive, but it’s one of the first conscious steps that a rich athlete can make towards engaging in rich-person sports. What’s funny about lacrosse is that there isn’t anything inherently “rich” about it other than its origins at Catholic prep schools in the mid-Atlantic states. It’s played on a regular ‘ole field, the equipment is pricey, but no more than football gear or an expensive baseball bat, but for some reason, it’s the official sport of entitled white kids who don’t want to be thought of as entitled white kids (but still actually do). Other ways lacrosse players in high school or college “break the mold” of being rich white kids are: listening to Widespread Panic, smoking lots of pot, driving an American SUV, having longish hair, and wearing leather necklaces that they got on near their parent’s friend’s winery in Spain.”

What do you think? Is this a worthy cause?


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