The Baltimore Gators are one of the first if not only African American lacrosse programs in the Baltimore area if not the nation. The Gators were founded 2004 by a Baltimore City Police Officer.(Cameron Battle, NE District). Officer Battle established the Baltimore Gators to address the lack of participation of African American males in the sport of lacrosse. One particular area of concentration is with elementary and middle school players,which the Gator volunteers assist the youth in learning and playing lacrosse,keeping youth involved in an activity and assisting the youth in being admitted into private,catholic,magnate and city wide schools. With the Baltimore Gators, Officer Battle and his volunteers over the past 7 years have had a life changing impact on over 100 youth through lacrosse.
In 2008, the Baltimore Gators expanded to add girls lacrosse to the program. Coach Artie Spruill started with a 5-6 soft stick group. As the girls program grew, the Gators added more age groups to fill the demand for girls youth lacrosse. In recent years the girls 7-8 team has participated in the MYLA. The goal of the Gators girls and boys program is to have a competitive team at every age group.
Officer Battle and the Batlimore Gator board members have worked to find partnerships in the Baltimore area to grow the program and in 2010 the Gators will partner with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Familty Center YMCA at Memorial Place which is on the grounds of the old Memorial Stadium, former home of the Baltimore Orioles,Colts and CFL Stallions.This site will be the home field for the Gators practice,home games and tournaments.
In addition to the new home of the Gators,future goals are to create a B level club team for all of the Gator players who are now participating with their high school programs.The club team would participate in several national tournaments in the spring and summer to expose the players to talented players from around the country and have coaches from D1,D11 and D111 universities evaluate the Gator players talent.
Closing and Hall of Fame Game
June 2, 2012 – 02:00 PM
This will be our 1st Hall of Fame Game. Location 900 E. 33rd St Baltimore Md 21218
Please see the PDF handouts in the handout sections.