As early as a century ago, Native Americans from Canada adorned their bodies with native clothing to play Lacrosse. The sport of Lacrosse is considered to have evolved from a number of tribal games. Most of the game’s modifications were made by European settlers in North America, resulting in the Lacrosse we know today.
LACROSSE FOR WOMEN IS EXPANDING AT AN UNBELIEVABLE RATE.
Playing stick games with my younger sister, Taryn, in the backyard as a child was one of my favorite memories. As we played more, we became more comfortable with our sticks, which made the game easier for us. Lacrosse allowed us to express ourselves physically. Having girls play lacrosse in the backyard unleashed a flood of energy and excitement that we had never experienced before.
It also offered us the chance to set goals. If we wanted to, we could work on our own personal goals, form teams, or design the coolest stick. But we had a goal in mind, and just not long after learning about the game, we decided to make it our life’s work to play Division I lacrosse.
Playing for a living? When we were making unforgettable memory in the yard, on the shore, and wherever else we might bring our sticks, the concept never crossed our thoughts. Such a thing didn’t exist, and it wasn’t even being considered that it could exist. Lacrosse ladies my age couldn’t think of playing a sport they loved for a livelihood like other young athletes, unlike other young athletes.
Only since I was in upperclassmen at Brook did I begin to think about the prospect of a professional career as a player. When the first women’s professional lacrosse league started play in 2016, I was still in college and had no idea what sponsorship deals were. I doubt I’d be where I am now if it weren’t for the hard work of the ladies who come before me, the fantastic advice of my Brook trainer Joe Spallina, and a little bit of good fortune.
But that hasn’t been the case for me, and for that, I am quite thankful. It’s a dream for me to play the sport I’ve enjoyed since I was eight years old, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. I’m overjoyed to just be able to make enough money doing something I genuinely enjoy.
I want more women to be able to participate in lacrosse in the same way. Women’s lacrosse has come a long way since I was a youngster, and it’s still getting better. There is, however, room for improvement. That’s a long shot.
The game and women’s teams as a whole have enormous growth potential. It took decades for North American men’s professional sports leagues to establish themselves. Women’s professional sports, in comparison, are still in their infancy. The WNBA has come a long way in 25 years, but there is still much space for improvement and growth. Nothing stops women’s lacrosse from having the same success.
As a result, I won’t be able to continue playing for long. It will happen, and I am doing my best to make it happen for me as well. It’s a part of my routine to work on improving the game. When I’m not playing with KO17 Lacrosse or coaching, I’m running my personal training company that aims to help female lacrosse players make ends meet without having to work a second job.
No limit to Kylie Ohlmiller’s women’s lacrosse.
I’m curious to see how that will come out. Who knows? Other than winning a medal with Team USA just at the Women’s World Championship and playing as long as my body will allow, I find it difficult to set goals for my professional playing career because anything can happen. We couldn’t have predicted the sport’s current form five to ten years ago, and we don’t know what it will look like in the future. The next generations of female lacrosse players will have a better idea of what they want to accomplish if I can disseminate the sport throughout the world and share my story with athletes who want to fall in love with the sport as I did as a child in my Island yard with my younger sister.
Lacrosse pulled me in because of its infinite possibilities. What drives me to grow it are the same infinite possibilities.
Whether you’re a player or a spectator, lacrosse is indeed a fast-paced, high-speed, and entertaining sport. The game has been around for a long time, and it’s still gaining popularity in the modern era.