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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