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Overtime Episode 9 - Barriers
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Overtime Episode 9 – Barriers

Overtime Episode 9 – Barriers

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 – 8 p.m. ET 
OVERTIME Episode IX defines and dives into the intricate aspects of barriers to lacrosse. The free-flowing conversation discusses the “difficulty in true inclusion” in the sport.

“Being invited to the party but not asked/allowed to dance!”

We do not know of another sport, amateur or professional, that is having this conversation on such a safe and open platform. We welcome those at the higher levels of the game and ask you to join this conversation. Change is possible when led from above. If you are in one of these positions, please reach out to Matt Holman at

The Panel: Talking Barriers

  • Amy Slade – UMBC Head Coach
  • Kevin Kelley – Oakland Lacrosse Club Founder
  • Troy Kemp – National Center for Development of Boys Exec. Director & Ron Clark Academy Admin.
  • CJ Greene – NYSE Head of Consumer Capital Markets
  • Michael Levin – Harlem Lacrosse CEO
  • Jessy Morgan – Garrison Forest HS (MD) Athletic Director


Simply put: an open conversation series on racism in the sport of lacrosse.

Overtime – Intends to provide a forum for members of the lacrosse community to discuss matters of racism from their own experiences and perspectives. Through these communal talks, the once uncomfortable can be turned into a teachable and growth opportunity for a better future.

Today, the need to better understand each other is paramount if we, as a community, are to successfully continue as stewards of lacrosse. We are definitely NOT born with hatred of other human beings. It’s learned, it’s a product of our environment & experiences, but we are not born to hate. Lacrosse holds a special place in the hearts of all who participate (players, coaches, administratively, referees, team managers, and even our special fans). As with national sentiment, this conversation & change is long overdue. This is not a red or blue political statement.

Using the Zoom platform to record them, we will stream the discussions over popular lacrosse platforms. I wish it to be seen by as many world wide eyeballs as possible, so if you have a website that would like to carry it, just let me know.

For full transparency, depending on panelist availability, we record on Sunday or Monday. The editing team only corrects any technical mistakes (someone disconnects, etc.) and not our discussion.

Our goal is to welcome viewers right back here to and other lacrosse-focused platforms every Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. The curated panel of guests will include voices from all corners of the lacrosse community and all walks of life.

Thank you for your willingness to take this leap of faith with me. I don’t believe any effort we make can fail since nobody has anything to measure us by.

Together we CAN effect positive change.

Matt Holman
Overtime Organizer
EMW Foundation

Overtime was created by Matt Holman, founder of the EMW Foundation, a San Diego based non-profit dedicated to hosting and promoting lacrosse events for a cause. Overtime is made possible by the dedication of the Prodigy Media Group and RPM Athlete Performance. With inspirational credit to Dr. Fred Opie, a must for podcast fans.

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