NLL to implement cultural competency course ahead of next season

The National Lacrosse League has announced expansion of its diversity and inclusion programming to strengthen its focus on cultural competency, and honouring indigenous people and their impact on the sport of lacrosse.

“As a league we are continuing to push awareness of our great history that the Indigenous People have given us through our sport,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “It is our job as the preeminent lacrosse league to not only recognize efforts of inclusion, but champion them. We are proud to partner with US Lacrosse and Right To Play on these initiatives as we hope for a more diverse and inclusive future for the sport.”

This offseason, every team including players, coaches, front office staff, and league staff will be required to complete the cultural competency training course offered on US Lacrosse’s website as part of a league wide effort to focus on diversity and inclusion. This will also expand into helping to prevent situations of racism and exclusion within the league.

After months of extensive research, US Lacrosse developed the free program to lead efforts in making lacrosse a more inclusive, accessible and embracing sport – one that anyone can play, and everyone feels welcome and respected.

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