Bridging The Opportunity Gap: Bridge Lacrosse Providing Pathway To Play


This article appears in the November edition of US Lacrosse Magazine, available exclusively to US Lacrosse members. Join or renew today! Thank you for your support.

David Higbee was just a disillusioned college graduate looking to latch onto something he loved.

The job market stunk. “2008 was not a great year to graduate college,” Higbee said. With a biomedical science degree from the University of Oklahoma, he moved to Dallas to work for a pharmaceutical company, the first in a series of unfulfilling jobs that also included stints as a chemist and city health inspector.

Higbee Googled “lacrosse in Dallas” and discovered Bridge Lacrosse, the nonprofit and US Lacrosse member organization that serves nearly 800 student-athletes from diverse and low-income communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Higbee was not a lax head by any stretch. A Tulsa native, he had never played lacrosse before his sophomore year at Oklahoma, when a freshman named Alex Perry put out flyers around campus to drum up interest in a new club team. Higbee spent too many hours in a basement lab to commit to play his sport of choice, hockey, at Oklahoma. The stick-and-ball game beckoned.

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