INDIANAPOLIS -- As part of the Men’s Lacrosse Championship weekend, the NCAA has made a $15,000 donation to the Baltimore City Middle School Lacrosse League (BCMSLL), an organization committed to providing additional opportunities for youth through sport. In addition to the donation, the NCAA will hold a free youth clinic with the IMLCA coaches and provided tickets to the Division II and Division III Championship games on Sunday.

Currently the largest middle school lacrosse league for public school students, the BCMSLL is made up of predominately black males, who are taking up the sport of lacrosse for the first time. The league also provides participants with a set of powerful and potentially life-changing experiences that could set them up for success in high school, college and beyond.

“This is an important opportunity for the NCAA and the men’s lacrosse championships to engage positively in the communities where we live, work and ultimately host NCAA Championship,” said Jeff Jarnecke, NCAA Associate Director of Championships.

The NCAA’s donation will be key in helping the initiatives continues to offer new and important experiences to young people of diverse backgrounds.

“The BCMSLL is really unique to Baltimore because there are no opportunities like this for middle school kids,” said Monica Logan, Director of Youth Programs for Parks and People.