The Israel Premier Lacrosse League embodies a culture of giving back and playing sports.
The Israel Premier Lacrosse League (IPLL) has built community giving into the DNA of its league. The IPLL is a league composed of Jewish college lacrosse players who come together for two common loves: sports and giving back.
The players arrive in Israel for their Birthright trip (free trip to Israel) with their own clothes and a bag filled with donated second hand lacrosse equipment from their hometown. The IPLL is a success due to its partnership with Masa. This ensures that players receive Hebrew lessons and get to experience Israel like a native. According to the IPLL, the schedule includes two practices, one conditioning training, and two games each week. In addition to this, players are required to volunteer at least 20 hours in the community helping with grassroots initiatives to grow the game of lacrosse.
Commissioner of the IPLL Ted Bergman said, “This is a win win win. The program gives players the opportunity to learn and connect to the city that they play for, while building a fan base and the next generation of lacrosse players. At the same time this also provides Israeli youth in the cities that we work in a sports experience they will never forget.” This is what a true community partnership looks like. The athletes are giving back, yet the experiences they receive are as valuable as the ones they are providing for children and fans.
Even in its infancy, the IPLL adopted the Sticks for Kids program, an initiative that teaches life skills to at risk children. As the first league around the globe to adopt this, the IPLL is setting an example for the rest of the world to follow. Each IPLL club hosts two lacrosse clinics per week, focusing on teamwork, goal setting, and discipline.
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