Sept. 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Earlier this year, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program donated gear to the Lightning Stick Society, an organization dedicated to reintroducing the sport of lacrosse to Native youth. The LSS believes the reintroduction of the sport is a critical way to engage Native youth in a culturally relevant and positive activity.

The Buckeyes donated helmets, gloves, balls and arm pads to the LSS effort. Glenn Drapeau, one of the founders of the Lightning Stick Society, visited Columbus in January and addressed the Ohio State team. He also joined the Buckeyes on the sideline as they faced Team Canada in an exhibition game.

The mission of the Lightning Stick Society is “To utilize the sport of lacrosse, to promote the empowerment of native families by supporting their economic, emotional, physical and spiritual development. Our vision is a world where native communities are valued and safe, and can live in equality, peace and harmony.” The group hosts a summer camp and has a scholarship program for Native youth to attend lacrosse camps in the Midwest.

For more information on the organization, visit