Saponi Stickball: Impacting Lives Through Lacrosse

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Saponi Stickball is a non-profit foundation created by Crystal Cavailer in Mebane, North Carolina. This foundation, Saponi Stickball, is in place to bring back some of the culture and reach the youth in the surrounding native community of the Occaneechi Saponi in North Carolina.

The Occaneechi Saponia are mostly located in North Carolina primarily in Little Texas and Pleasant Grove Township in Alamace County, NC. For some perspective, it is about 30-45 minutes northwest of Durham.

Saponi Stickball is trying to establish a lacrosse league/community in the Pleasant Grove area where many are economically challenged and there is a mostly native population with an underrepresented youth. They are presenting lacrosse for what it truly is, a medicine, ancient Native American game with strong roots, and a way to get active, play team sports, and learn the values that come along with team sports.

Overall, Saponi Stickball, headed by Crystal Cavailer, is aiming to use lacrosse as a tool to heal a community and uplift peoples spirits. The Pleasant Grove Stickball/lacrosse League will teach the fundamentals of the game, promote sportsmanship, cultural healing, and respect for all participants.

They currently have a board and have been approved as a 501(c)3 organization. There will be a meeting held at the Pleasant Grove Rec Centre on November 3rd for anyone interested. At the moment they need volunteers and donations more than anything. You can donate by clicking here.

You can find out more about Saponi Stickball on their website.