To improve educational and life opportunities for underserved students in the South Bronx.
Bronx Lacrosse is more than a sports team. Bronx Lacrosse is a full-day, year-round academic- & sports-based youth development program that empowers youth on the field and in the classroom. We use lacrosse as a vehicle to build community, invest students in school, develop executive function and self-regulation skills, and improve academic outcomes. Program participants, led by their program coordinator, are supported both on and off the field through mentorship, additional academic support, and lacrosse activities.
Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School
P.S. / I.S. 218
The Highbridge Green School
ATTENDANCE & TARDINESS
·Program Participants maintained a 96% average school attendance compared to 93% citywide.
· Only 8% of Program Participants were chronically absent compared to 26% citywide.
·On average, Program Participants accelerated over TWO total academic years of math and reading, in the span of just one year (according to I-Ready).
· 100% of 8th graders passed all four major content classes (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) and graduated middle school on time.
·95% of Program Participants passed all four major content classes.
· 81% was the average GPA of Program Participants.
In 2015, Dan Leventhal began teaching special education math at the Highbridge Green School in the South Bronx through Teach For America. Looking for a way to connect with his students outside of the classroom, he decided to share his passion for lacrosse with his 7th grade class.
By the spring of 2016, he had collected enough gear and equipment for 30 players and started a team at the Highbridge Green School. Within a short time, the impact of the program became noticeable both in and outside of the classroom by families, teachers, and administrators.
After a successful 2017 season, Bronx Lacrosse was formed in order to offer this opportunity to other middle schools in the Bronx community.