How This Philly Resident's Field Hockey And Lacrosse League Is Expanding Horizons For Black Youth
Founder and CEO of Eyekonz Field Hockey and Lacrosse, Jazmine A. Smith is a mother, former athlete, coach and businesswoman.
She is dedicated to inspiring young Black and Latinx kids to be their very best.
Eyekonz was created to serve the needs of inner-city girls and boys from kindergarten up to high school living in the greater Philadelphia area.
Currently, they have sports programs in 14 schools around Philadelphia.
Lacrosse and field hockey aren’t sports known for their racial diversity.
In addition to introducing diverse young athletes to field hockey and lacrosse, Eyekonz also provides a fun way to stay active and get fit.
Athletes study proper etiquette, meditation, yoga, perform daily affirmations, learn financial literacy and even create dream and vision boards.
They also do about eight hours of community service within their neighborhoods.
Children in the program also learn African, Kemetic and African-American history, in addition to learning how to play lacrosse and field hockey.
Although Eyekonz works with all genders, one of Smith’s main goals is to increase the number of Black and Latinx women and girls participating in field hockey and lacrosse.
Smith's positive impact on the young lives she's touched will likely be felt for generations to come.
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