We, the Bridge Family, are a small sports-based youth development nonprofit serving the urban communities of North Texas. In 2004, our programming began with a simple summer lacrosse camp in South Dallas. In 2008, we officially became Bridge Lacrosse. Since then, we have introduced lacrosse to hundreds of student-athletes in both South and West Dallas, and other communities, by providing hours of high-quality lacrosse instruction with the help of high school volunteers and coaches.
Our focus is wellness in urban communities and promoting quality afterschool programs. In Dallas, 36% of children are overweight or obese, leading to adverse affects to long-term health, both in the classroom and at home. With billions of dollars being cut from athletic and programming budgets, there is a need for quality organizations to help and serve. Our network of volunteers, student-athletes, donors, partners, coaches and parents, all support our mission and make up the Bridge Family.
JUST A FEW FUN FACES OF THE BRIDGE FAMILY!
FALL + SPRING
We oversee five teams in South Dallas and Oak Cliff. Beginning in the fall with a 10-week introductory/development season and then moving to our 14-week competitive spring season. Student-athletes enrolled in our competitive programs are also eligible for travel and camp opportunities in the summer.
We provide lacrosse camps and clinics with the help of high school volunteers and a structured lacrosse curriculum to numerous partners and organizations around North Texas. Through our outreach programs we can introduce the sport and grow the game to a broader network of student-athletes.
Our afterschool program focuses on a developmental 8 week season for our afterschool sites. We focus on out-of-school time and development versus competition. Each site is coached my members of our Leadership Board, a program centered on preparing young leaders to serve.
I went in looking to learn the lacrosse game and left the season after falling in love with the Bridge family. The student athletes, coaches, and parents were such a joy to be around. Grateful to have had such a wonderful experience learning to love lacrosse and the family.
Byron | Coach
Before I joined Bridge, I had been known to be shy, quiet, and kept more to myself. My mom is the one who insisted I play a sport. Rangel offered lacrosse. At the time, I was a little scared and nervous. Or, as my little sister says, I was nervouscited—nervous and excited. I had never heard of this game before, I didn’t know the rules, or how to play. On the first practice, I was even more nervous because I didn’t see anyone I knew. But by end of the first practice, I had already made friends that I’m still close to today. Everyone was so welcoming. I instantly felt comfortable. I felt like I’d be okay.
Kristen | Student-Athlet
Qaadir never wants to miss a practice, even if it’s the off-season practices. Often times, he talks about how the coaches teach different techniques, and he tries to carry his stick everywhere we go. I’ve even seen him trying to teach it to other young children in the community. He says he has to practice, so he can help the team win. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that these characteristics will carry over into his classes at school as well as his future.
Renee | Paren
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Without the support of the community, we would not be able to afford programming and equipment for hundreds of students. We welcome financial gifts as well as in-kind support.