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Detroit United Lacrosse is proud to announce, Crosse R.O.O.T.S.,
our signature program for Detroit’s youth, running January 10 - March 2, 2023.

About Crosse ROOTS

70% of youth stop playing sports by the age of 13. Our eight-week program will help 20 boys and 20 girls in 7th and 8th grade develop new athletic skills through the sport of lacrosse, gain personal enrichment, and envision a lifetime of success.

Each fun and engaging session at Crosse R.O.O.T.S aims to boost overall confidence, increase creativity, and enhance problem-solving skills by incorporating interpersonal and life skills—all while learning to play lacrosse! Crosse R.O.O.T.S is an application and cohort based program, taking supporting youth from 7th grade through graduation.

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The program will promote character education, professional development and pathways to prosperity for Detroit’s youth. Grounded in R.O.O.T.S.–Respect for others, Officials, Teammates and Self—our goal is to build a culture of young people that reflects the values of lacrosse: respect, honor and integrity while growing the sport.

Benefits of Crosse R.O.O.T.S:

– A developmental environment that encourages participation
– Introduces new things to young people, encourages them to enjoy the process of growing
– Motivates them to have a greater vision for themselves
– Peer-to-peer leadership development

– 6 years of development and support

– Lifelong mentoring
– Learning new skills on the field and off the field

Learn More about Our Programs!

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Application Information

Find out more information about Crosse ROOTS.

Selection Process

Students who submit a complete application by December 1, 2022 will be invited for a virtual interview via Zoom. All applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis via email with the time & log-in instructions for their virtual interview on either applicants.


As a reminder, applicants must be current seventh graders and with predicted graduation in the spring of 2027 and 2028. Students from Detroit and the surrounding cities are welcome to apply. There is no cost to apply or registration costs if you are accepted in the program. There will be a waitlist.

Read about our organizational principles here!

Detroit United Lacrosse operates under the six core values of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model. It’s how we plan our seasons, how sessions and programs are structured, how coaches conduct their practices, and how kids are engaged on the field is all informed by the underlying operating system of the lacrosse athlete development model and its framework. This is what makes everything else go. It’s about development first, not short term wins and losses.

Our pledge to you.

Lacrosse athlete development model organizations put the kid at the center, which means you’ll see a lot of fun and games–games that are intentional about developing their physical literacy, technical and tactical abilities. At the same time, the kids are having a great time, making friends and learning life-long skills.

Student Expectations


We expect students to be at each session. An attendance policy will be enforced. We expect that students return each year until graduation.

Dress Code

Students will be participating in lacrosse practice at the end of each session. Athletic attire is acceptable, comfortable and appropriate t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, leggings, or sweatshirts. There might be days when different attire will be required due to special speaker or event, but students will be notified of that in advance.


Program participants are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the mission, vision and core values of our program & Detroit United Lacrosse. Students are expected conduct themselves in a respectful manner and students will be treated by coaches, staff, and guests with respect and courtesy at all times.


Tuesdays & Thursdays: January 10 - March 2, 2023 

Location: Durfee Innovation Society

Week One: January 10, 12, 5:30-8pm

Week Two: January 17, 19, 5:30-8pm

Week Three: January 24, 26, 5:30-8pm

Week Four: January 31, Feb 2, 5:30-8pm

Week Five: February 7, 9, 5:30-8pm

Week Six: February 14, 16, 5:30-8pm

Week Seven: February 21, 23, 5:30-8pm

Week Eight: February 28, March 2, 5:30-8pm

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