Harlem-based twin sisters break down lacrosse barriers

New York — The Sorho twins must have researched what lacrosse was when they were first introduced to it as 6th graders. “I looked it up, what is lacrosse? And he said it’s a tough sport but I was like okay, I’m going to do it,” Zareena Sorho said.

Her twin, Zarreen Sorho, didn’t even want to play initially. “I said no, then Coach Brit said, ‘Your sister signed up.’ I’m like okay. I’ll do it. I’ll sign up.”

Thanks to Harlem Lacrosse, the girls practiced after school and through the summers, quickly becoming stars among other athletes. “I’ve never seen kids learn the sport of lacrosse so quickly in my life,” says Brittain Altomare, their middle school coach and mentor throughout high school.

Practiced almost every day, lacrosse quickly became their passion. Now they wear their gear with pride as they walk the streets of New York City, earning many surprised comments for being female athletes playing the sport.

Through Title IX, millions of girls and women across the country have had the opportunity to play sports and develop skills such as teamwork, perseverance and confidence. But, there is still a lot of work to be done, girls, especially girls of color, have much more limited opportunities to get involved.

The Women’s Sports Foundation and ESPN launched the Sports 4 Life program in 2014 to help young Black, African American, Hispanic and Native American girls access the sport and have already enabled 70,000 girls to play. ESPN & The Walt Disney Company are committed to helping more girls experience the benefits of sport throughout their lives through programs like Harlem Lacrosse.

The Sorho twins recently accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Albany, a Division 1 school, and want more women of color to play the sport.

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