The Keeper of the Game Project is a culture preservation campaign lauched by US Lacrosse that is focused on protecting and championing the values of lacrosse. As the game grows and changes occur, it is critical that each generation who played the sport own the responsibility of safeguarding the integrity and spirit of the game for future generations. The game is in your hands.
What’s the purpose of the Keeper of the Game Project?
The purpose is to launch a movement that celebrates the six core values in which lacrosse is grounded. Based on a belief that we must never lose sight of the past as we journey forward, The Keeper of the Game Project asserts that by grounding ourselves in the roots of the sport – the foundation that differentiates lacrosse from other sports – we give lacrosse the wings to soar in the spirit of the game.
What does the Keeper of the Game Project want to accomplish?
Ultimately, we want lacrosse to remain a sport that reflects high standards of integrity, honor and respect, and for the participants to continue to value the spirit of the game, good sportsmanship, teamwork and tradition through connections. Following in the tradition of Native American storytelling, The Keeper of the Game Project hopes to harness your passion for lacrosse into action through the sharing of wisdom and knowledge. We invite you to…
1. Celebrate the contributions of every lacrosse generation
2. Steward the ideals of the lacrosse community
3. Remain true to the traditions of the sport
4. Help US Lacrosse provide a continued cross-generational
relationship with the lacrosse community by sharing knowledge,
experiences and talents in the spirit of the game.
What are the six core values?
The Spirit of the Game
Participating in lacrosse for the love of the game, with the pure intention of playing hard and fair while nurturing the soul, is pursuing lacrosse in the spirit of the game. Play lacrosse because you love it. Play because it’s fun. Any other reasons are not in keeping with the true spirit of the game.
The handing down of information, beliefs, or customs from one generation to another, especially through storytelling, invites you to be a part of something bigger than yourself. These stories form the basis of the culture of lacrosse and the character of those who participate. The history of lacrosse and its origins within Native American culture are a significant part of the sport. If you are involved with the sport, you have a duty to share the history of the sport as a means of continued connection, enjoyment and honoring the game for the next generation.
Virtues: Respect, Honor, Integrity
These virtues are positive traits that transcend most creeds, cultures and communities, and are fundamental to the development of good character. All lacrosse participants – players, coaches, officials, spectators – who consistently hone these traits form enduring habits of head, heart and hand, faithful to the spirit of the game.
Respect – To act in a way that shows you are aware of and fully value the participants, rules and spirit of the game means that you hold the sport’s traditions in the highest regard and esteem. Respect permeates throughout, on and off the field.
Honor – To behave with high moral standards that show you fully appreciate the privilege of playing lacrosse. Honor the opportunity to participate through grace and humility.
Integrity – To serve the game well means that you will act with honesty and sincerity on and off the field, undivided in head, heart and hand.
Displaying qualities of conduct and attitude highly regarded in sport – fair play, courtesy, generosity, observance of the rules, striving spirit and grace in losing – is paramount. Each person, teammate or opponent, is part of the same game. Valuing the experience over the outcome serves the greater good and is integral to the spirit of the game.
A joint action performed by a group of people in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group. No one is bigger than the game; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Increasingly, lacrosse “stars” are elevated and revered; it is important to recognize the team as the defining entity in lacrosse, and the reason for the game.
Long after the last game, something else remains: connection, camaraderie, community. Lacrosse forges friendships, unity and family. As the game grows, you must embrace the spirit and philosophy of a shared identity. The lacrosse field derives meaning and value solely from our presence. Without the people, it is just another competition.
How can I support the Keeper of the Game Project?
The game is in your hands. Maintain the spirit of the game. Tell the story. Establish enduring habits of head, heart and hand. Honor the game and its participants. Contribute to the whole. Unite the family. Become a Keeper of the Game.