August 16, 2012

Alumna Meg Herlofsky Makes a Difference

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Alumna Meg Herlofsky is out making a difference in our community. Herlofsky, a CLA graduate from 2010, who is also Hamline’s women’s lacrosse head coach has teamed up with Lax(lacrosse)-4-Life, an organization that promotes and celebrates the sport to its origin – Native Americans.

“It’s a three part collaboration” Herlofsky said. “The Minneapolis Police Department, The Fond du Lac Band in Cloquet, and the Minnesota Swarm professional lacrosse team all work together on the program.”

The three entities work as a team to help achieve Lax-4-Life’s mission of bringing the sport to Native American communities around the state where they learn about living health, develop a sense of teamwork, and discover their culture. High school students who reside in the Native American Reservation communities are encouraged to attend a week long camp put on by Lax-4-life every summer.

“It was an effort to encourage teens to live a healthier life,” Herlofsky said. “I fell in love with the program.”

After getting involved in that program, Herlofsky decided to start her very own program by bringing interested participants down to a four-day camp at Hamline University where they would not only develop their lacrosse skills, but also get a tour of the university, and learn about college life.

Herlofsky says that Hamline has been more than helpful in developing her program. The Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching (CEUT) and Residential Life donated funds to purchase gear for the participants, and supplied housing and meals during the camp held at Hamline this past summer.

“CEUT has been a really wonderful resource and contact,” Herlofsky said.

Herlofsky, who wants to pursue a career in youth development, says that she wants Hamline to continue to be involved in her program, which she hopes to expand in the near future.

“I am trying to make a Fond du Lac/Hamline connection,” Herlofsky said. The hope is to establish a collaboration between Lax-4-Life and Hamline in order to move forward with the program.

“I think it would be beneficial to both parties involved,” Herlofsky said.

When asked about what her inspiration has been to help others, Herlofsky mentions not only her desire to show these girls that someone cares about their heritage, but also that she was once in their shoes.

“Part of my motivation is remembering what it’s like to be a teenage girl,” Herlofsky said.

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