US Lacrosse condemns the behavior and vulgar comments directed towards the members of the Emmanuel College men’s lacrosse team by spectators during its game at the University of the South (Sewanee) last weekend. Playing a sport you love should not result in having to endure harassment. We stand in support of the players from Emmanuel College, and are committed to doing our part to ensure that everyone feels welcomed and embraced in our sport.
Earlier this month, US Lacrosse showed its support for the WE STAND initiative, working with Nation United Foundation (NUF), Black Lacrosse Alliance and other stakeholders in the lacrosse community in an effort aimed at promoting anti-harassment and anti-racism in sports. Last year, US Lacrosse adopted an anti-harassment policy to provide guidance for leagues and events to address issues. The organization has also developed educational resources, including an online cultural competency course launched in 2019 and has recently partnered with RISE to provide a series of workshops to empower sports administrators, coaches, and athletes to be leaders in discussing and addressing matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusivity.