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Programs & INITIATIVES

At the Pacific Northwest Native Lacrosse Club, we are committed to a range of programs and initiatives that not only promote the sport of lacrosse but also emphasize cultural significance and community engagement.

Youth Clinics

Introduction to Native Lacrosse Clinics: These sessions are designed to introduce Native youth to lacrosse, emphasizing the sport's skills and cultural heritage. The clinics include:

 

History and Significance of Lacrosse: Educating participants about lacrosse's origins and its role in Native American culture.

 

Basic Skills Training: Teaching fundamental lacrosse skills like passing, catching, cradling, and shooting.

 

Cultural Workshops: Integrating cultural elements into the clinics, such as storytelling, traditional crafts related to lacrosse, and discussions on the spiritual aspects of the game.

 

Health and Wellness: Emphasizing the importance of physical fitness, teamwork, and mental resilience in sports.

All of these can be combined into one 2-hour-long youth clinic. 

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Competitions and Tournaments 

All-Native Lacrosse Team Participation: Developing a competitive all-native lacrosse team to represent PNWNL in regional and national tournaments. This initiative aims to provide advanced training and competitive opportunities for talented players.

Inter-Tribal “Traditional” Lacrosse Tournaments: Organizing and hosting tournaments that invite various Native teams to participate, fostering a sense of community and friendly competition in the original game. 

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Community and Cultural Initiatives

Cultural Exchange Programs: Creating opportunities for players and community members to learn about different tribal traditions and histories related to lacrosse.

Outreach and Collaboration: Partnering with local schools, tribal communities, and cultural organizations to promote lacrosse and its significance in Native American heritage.

Mentorship Programs: Establishing mentorship opportunities where experienced players and community members can guide and support younger participants, both in developing their lacrosse skills and in personal growth.
 

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Planned Future Initiatives

Expansion of Youth Clinics: Broadening the reach of our clinics to more tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Cultural Preservation Projects: Initiatives focused on preserving and documenting the rich history of lacrosse in Native American culture, including oral histories and traditional lacrosse stick crafting workshops.

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