Morgan State's club team will play in the inaugural HBCU Lacrosse All-Star Classic on Nov. 17 at Howard University’s Greene Stadium in Washington.
The event, which is backed by US Lacrosse, will begin with a high school all-star game at 1 p.m., followed by a college all-star game at 3 p.m. The college game will feature a North-South showdown, with players from the Howard and Morgan State men's club teams forming the core of the North squad, and players from Hampton and Morehouse anchoring the South team.
Organizers hope to have 120 participants in the two games, including from other teams at historically black colleges and universities. Admission to the event is free.
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Interested high school and college participants may apply online at http://hbculacrosse.wix.com/hbculax.
Though lacrosse is the fastest-growing college sport, it continues to struggle to achieve diversity. According to an NCAA, only 1.9 percent of men's Division I players in the 2009-10 season were black. In reponse to this issue, former Friends and Johns Hopkins star Kyle Harrison has created the Sankofa Lacrosse Alliance for black players; last Friday, the organization held its first event, scrimmaging Team England and Brown University in Providence, R.I.
US Lacrosse said it will give complimentary membership in the organization to each of the players and coaches in the Nov. 17 event.
"We’ve had a great response to this event from the community and great cooperation from the representatives of Howard University, our host venue," said Rick Perry, a member of the HBCU Lacrosse Consortium, which seeks to promote the game at HBCUs. "We really hope that this event will serve as a catalyst to grow the game within the HBCU community."