This article appears in the Pacific Southwest edition of USA Lacrosse Magazine. Join USA Lacrosse today to start your subscription.

A desire for working in underserved communities and a love for lacrosse spawned through his child’s involvement in the sport has developed into a passion project for Jason Andersen.

A Chicago native who had no opportunity to play the sport when growing up in the Windy City, Andersen got to know the sport when his son, Dylan, began playing in third grade. When the family lived in Minnesota, he saw the benefits of strong community-based lacrosse programs.

Dylan Andersen, now a freshman midfielder at North Central College in Illinois, continued to play when the family relocated to Arizona and his dad wanted to provide opportunities for even more people to play. Jason Andersen founded the Arizona Lacrosse Academy (AZLA). Through camps and clinics, the nonprofit organization has helped train more than 350 players the last two years.

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