We’re pleased to report that Harlem Lacrosse was featured in the Saturday, October 27th edition of The Wall Street Journal. The article features Daniel and David Mark, two brothers who learned to play the sport two years ago and used it to earn full scholarships at private boarding schools. The story also focuses on Marlik Toure, a 17 year old who has lacrosse to thank for helping to turn his life around.
Harlem’s youth lacrosse scene was virtually nonexistent just a few years ago. Now some local stars are securing scholarships to tony boarding schools, where the sport is a major force.
Daniel and David Mark had never held lacrosse sticks until two years ago. But the rookies became fixated after they received equipment at Frederick Douglass Academy, a public school near West 148th Street.
The lacrosse stick became “an extension of their arm,” their mother, Marcia Mark, said. “They walked down the street with it. They turned the TV off with it.”
The article, written by Josh Dawsey, goes on to explain that Daniel, David and Marlik are just three kids that Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership has introduced to the sport in the past five years. So far, 11 young men have moved on from the program to accept scholarships at boarding schools, and the program has helped change hundreds of lives.
We encourage you to take a look at the full article, which explains the real impact our sport has had in an urban community such as Harlem and explains why Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership has quickly surfaced as a leader in the lacrosse nonprofit space.
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