Lacrosse and the Buffalo-Niagara region both have rich histories and bright futures. The Buffalo Lacrosse Academy (BLA) was created in an effort to support both the sport and the city we love.
In 2004 two childhood friends both moved back to Buffalo after experiencing life and lacrosse outside of Western New York. After much discussion they decided the best way to give back to the lacrosse community that gave them so much was to start a lacrosse program whose primary focus was to serve as a bridge between local athletes and college programs.
Around the same time, the South Buffalo Lacrosse program already had travel teams exposing its players to college coaches. For the next 5 years the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy and South Buffalo lacrosse collaborated, while running two independent programs. In 2010 South Buffalo joined the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy, creating the strongest and most successful club travel teams they would name Team Buffalo.
In 2007, the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy teamed up with Providence College and other local colleges in forming the Lake Erie Showcase at LaSalle Park in Buffalo. It quickly became the most successful and largest area college recruited lacrosse tournament. In time the event moved to Old Fort Niagara and renamed itself the Niagara Lacrosse Classic attracting upwards to 5,000 attendees to Niagara County.
To enhance player development the BLA also started the region’s first Fall Ball program and Spring Youth League (Rising Stars Spring League (RSSL)) which focuses on instillingg younger players a passion for the game.
The list of names to thank for all that they have contributed since the BLA’s inception in 2005 is much too long to list. However, numerous family, friends and strangers both near and far have all contributed to the goals these two old friends set out to accomplish back in the beginning. So thanks to everyone who has selflessly contributed to the BLA. The BLA and Western New York lacrosse will forever be indebted to you.
Thank you for sharing your time with us – we hope your lacrosse experience brings you the enjoyment that it has brought us for the better part of our lives. We owe so much to the many individuals who have come before us. We fully believe that lacrosse can help facilitate a bigger and brighter Buffalo-Niagara region.
To create passion for lacrosse and Western New York.
To bring together people from all corners of WNY to form life-long friendships while focusing on the player outcomes of character, college and career.
BLA Teaching Creed
To let the lacrosse capture the mind and the teaching capture the heart.
Player Development Program
The BLA strives to develop the total student-lacrosse athlete. Through much hard work and continual enhancement, the BLA Player Development Program is a curriculum that strives to enhance player growth while having fun.
The Buffalo Lacrosse Academy (BLA) was the name chosen by its founders to signify that the BLA is a place of teaching and learning the skills of lacrosse and the values to remain with its lacrosse students throughout life.
The original colors of the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy were Navy Blue, Gray and White. American history has traditionally given opposing sides the colors of Blue and Gray, in part due to the colors of Union and Confederate soldiers uniforms during the Civil War. We felt that those colors were symbolic of what was begun when the BLA was formed. In 2010 the primary colors were changed to Navy Blue, Yellow and white to when the Buffalo Lacrosse Association (South Buffalo) combined with the BLA. Green and Gray are also used as accent colors.
Carrying on the popular American tradition dating back to the late 1880’s of organizations adopting a logo, the BLA founders chose a shield to represent it. The shield was chosen as a symbol of strength, tradition and education. The BLA’s mission is premised on the idea of providing the strongest possible quality in every team and event the BLA orchestrates. Another essential part of the BLA’s mission is to continually teach its lacrosse students the value of remembering the true traditions of the original game begun by North America’s indigenous people and the more recent teachers of modern sport. The buffalo in the crest is following the tradition of using the animal to represent the city, even though buffalo never actually roamed Western New York!
The three lines in the lower right corner signify Niagara Falls, one of the many great assets in the Buffalo-Niagara region. In the lower left corner are crossed sticks, one being a older style stick, still commonly used in the women’s game and the other a modern men’s stick. The choice in sticks is meant to represent the BLA’s commitment to remembering the great history of the sport while celebrating today’s women’s and men’s games.