A quality Sports Leadership Academy offering 8 sports: Tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, basketball, baseball, track & football (NEW in 2019), plus fitness & motivational speakers. Wrestling & Field Hockey t/b/d based on interest!

Community Need

Pre-COVID-19, Lawrence had one of the state’s lowest sports participation rates. In fact, when LSLA launched in 2016, only 15% of LHS students play sports. Sports participation rates had been moving in the right direction, but the pandemic negatively impacted that progress. LSLA is a way to help reverse these trends! See Commonwealth Magazine’s Rich-Poor Divide in H.S. Sports.

Camp Testimonies

“I like how it (LSLA) inspires kids to try sports that they never heard of or might have been interested in before. I like how also in the morning, they give inspiring speeches of people who were looked down on and never gave up. – 2019 Tennis Camper …..Read more under Impact

Past Academy Highlights

75% of 2019 Campers surveyed reported that they would either be watching TV, playing video games, eating or sleeping if they were not attending LSLA Read More

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 LSLA was cancelled in 2020.

LSLA Partners & Funders

Thank you to the following LSLA partners & funders, including New Balance, Red Sox Foundation, Essex County Community Foundation, Gemline, City of Lawrence, New England Revs, CIL Finishing, Cummings FoundationMore Here.


Beyond Soccer & Everyone’s A Player, in collaboration with Lawrence High School Athletic Department, developed a two-week camp at the high school for 124 middle & high school youth in 2016. LSLA’s chief objective was to provide a meaningful sports camp, otherwise unavailable or unaffordable… More Here.

School Year Efforts

In an effort to build on the momentum from LSLA over the past 4 summers, and to work more collaboratively to strengthen and enhance sports efforts in Lawrence, LSLA sponsored, for the first time, related, school-year clinics.  These opportunities are the result of years of relationship building and networking through LSLA, the city’s first and only, multi-sport experience


To grow our reach in year 4, Beyond Soccer & EAP need new partners & funders. For sponsorships, please contact Michelle (978-394-2350) or Stephanie (617-970-1623)!