LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A sport thought not to be very popular is now on the rise in central Arkansas, and has even drawn the attention of surrounding states. 

“It’s a big deal because Arkansas has seen an exponential growth of lacrosse,” says Jennifer Wilcox, director of lacrosse at Catholic High School. 

Lacrosse is now becoming a high school sport, catching up to sports like soccer and football. 

“Next year, we will officially have an  Arkansas Lacrosse Association,” explains Wilcox. “We’re in with several teams in northwest Arkansas writing the contracts and getting things set in order to have our own lacrosse league in Arkansas and that will be a first.” 

This weekend, the Little Rock Lacrosse Organization will be hosting one of the biggest lacrosse tournaments. There are six states, 16 girls teams and 23 boys teams competing Saturday at Burns Park.

“This means a lot because we used to have to go out of state to play other teams,” says Wilcox. “Now, we can play home games and that means a lot for these kids and their parents.” 

LaxFest will draw nearly 42 different teams from surrounding states. 

LaxFest allows local teams to compete with other schools and be exposed to college coaches that come to recruit.

“This opens kids up to other sports and a higher potential for other athletic scholarships currently not being sought out,” Wilcox explains. 

LaxFest will be held at Burns Park Sports Complex in North Little Rock with games starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Admission is free. 

If you or your child would like more information on how to join a league or start a league at your school email: