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Premier Lacrosse League Players to Wear Orange Helmet Straps in Support of the Indigenous Communities

By PLL | Jul 9, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA. (July 9, 2021) - The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster has announced an initiative to raise awareness and drive education around the multiple, tragic discoveries of unmarked graves at the sites of former Indigenous residential and boarding schools.

“Every child matters and we need to honor all of the Indigenous children that never returned home from residential and boarding schools,” said Cannons LC attackman Lyle Thompson. “This is a huge part of Canadian and American history. My hope is that we can show our respects to all of the Indigenous people who have been effected by these tragedies.”

Every Child Matters can serve as both truth and reconciliation, and as a healing journey for Native survivors through a commitment by all to recognize these historical injustices.

Players will have the option to wear orange helmet straps beginning this weekend in Minneapolis. The orange helmet straps will be featured in the NBCSN broadcast in an effort to drive education around these issues, which continue to impact Indigenous peoples across North America.

Fans, viewers, youth organizations, and partners will have the ability to purchase the orange straps. All proceeds will be donated to The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, a membership organization comprised of over 80 Native and Non-Native members and organizations committed to boarding school healing.

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The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) powered by Ticketmaster is a men’s professional lacrosse league in North America, composed of 8 teams rostered with the best players in the world. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group composed of Joe Tsai Sports, Brett Jefferson Holdings, The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Chernin Group, Blum Capital, The Kraft Group, Arctos Sports Partners, and other top investors in sports and media. The PLL was named Sports Breakthrough of the Year in 2020 by the Sports Business Journal and is distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Universal. In December 2020, the PLL and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced a merger with subsequent season operations and activities to formally exist under the PLL. For more information, visit and follow on social media: Instagram (@PLL), Twitter (@PremierLacrosse), Facebook (@PremierLacrosseLeague), YouTube ( and TikTok (@pll).


The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in June 2012 under the laws of the Navajo Nation.

We were formed after a national symposium in 2011. Leaders from the U.S. and Canada came together to discuss the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the need for such a process in the U.S.

NABS was created to develop and implement a national strategy that increases public awareness and cultivates healing for the profound trauma experienced by individuals, families, communities, American Indian and Alaska Native Nations resulting from the U.S. adoption and implementation of the Boarding School Policy of 1869.

NABS was fiscally sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) until it became financially independent in 2015.

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