Women's Lacrosse Connects with Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership, Kicks Off Pen Pal Program


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - As part of the Merrimack College women's lacrosse team's regular season finale in Long Island, N.Y., the Warriors kicked off a collaboration with Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership (HLL), where a Merrimack player became a pen pal to a player on the Sojourner Truth girl's lacrosse team. 

The Sojourner Truth School girl's lacrosse team visited Dowling College, back on April 26th, to cheer on their new lacrosse pen pals. "The team played inspired lacrosse in the second half vs. Dowling (outscoring the Lions 10-4) thanks for the HLL Girls support, cheering and energy in the stands," said head coach Michael Daly

After the game, each Truth girl introduced herself and then was introduced to her new Merrimack women's lacrosse pen pal. The lacrosse pen pal pairs had time to hang out at the team tailgate and get to know each other better.

Following lunch, the Merrimack players and head coach Michael Daly presented the HLL group with a generous donation of lax practice jerseys, stickers and full sticks for HLL's upcoming prize days at Sojourner Truth. The girls then broke off into small groups to work on their lax skills, stickwork and passing before the Warriors headed back on the team bus.

As Program Director Sasha M. Klimczak noted, "I am so excited about this partnership (with Merrimack women's lacrosse)." Also, in one of the first pen pal letters, one of the Truth girls wrote to her pen pal, "Saturday was awesome! I think we should do it again. Merrimack has a great lacrosse team."

The Lacrosse Pen Pal Program with Merrimack and the HLL girls will continue this summer and into next year. The Merrimack women's lacrosse team plans to meet with their pen pals again and host a clinic for the Truth girls during the 2014-15 season in NYC.

Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership is a school-based non-profit organization that provides academic, intervention, leadership training and lacrosse to at-risk youth. Harlem Lacrosse & Leadership: Shoot Low. Aim High!


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