Helping Grow Lacrosse in Jamaica

Helping Grow Lacrosse in Jamaica

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Susquehanna assistant men's lacrosse coach Billy Frick wears many hats – father, husband, pastor, assistant lacrosse coach. Add lacrosse ambassador to that list, as well.

Since 2012, Frick has volunteered with Fields of Growth International (FoG) in Jamaica. The opportunity that arose from Fields of Growth's partnership with Fellowship of Christian Athletes for which Frick served as Director of the Lacrosse Ministries for the Northeast Region in 2010. Frick has served as a board member for the National Lacrosse Ministry since 2001.

The purpose of FoG is to "harness the passion of the lacrosse community into positive social impact through global leadership development, service and growing the game."

"Fields of Growth International has played a vital part in developing lacrosse in Jamaica and Uganda," Frick said.

In early January, Frick made his second trip to Jamaica to work with FoG. Frick brought more than 200 pounds of lacrosse gear, much of which came through the Susquehanna and York College lacrosse programs. Frick also assisted with a coaches' clinic and spent time with the organization's principal, helping promote lacrosse as a tool to raise men and women of character.

In addition, Frick had the opportunity to meet with the St. George's men's team and share devotional time with the squad.

Jamaica currently has six schools with lacrosse programs as well as a national team. The hope, Frick says, is to add two additional schools by next year so that lacrosse will become a recognized sport among the Ministry of Education.

Frick will return to Jamaica this August to assist in a lacrosse clinic, marking his third such trip.

To learn more about Field of Growth International, click here.