Nolan H. Rogers, a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the U.S. Men’s National Team and a lifelong supporter of the sport of lacrosse, passed away on May 2, 2014, of complications from cancer. He was 82. For those of us who had the privilege to know Nolan, he was a wealth of knowledge, passionate in his love of history, a friend to everyone he met and quick to add humor to every situation. His love for lacrosse was beyond compare.
Nolan was deeply committed to maintaining the culture of the sport of lacrosse. The Rogers Family has chosen that memorial contributions made to US Lacrosse in his honor will be used to support the Keeper of Lacrosse Project, a character education movement to preserve and promote the core values of lacrosse. The Nolan H. Rogers National Keeper of Lacrosse Award will honor those who, like him, are devoted to upholding the spirit of the game; lacrosse traditions; the virtues of honor, integrity and respect; good sportsmanship; teamwork; and a connection to the community.
The legacy of Nolan Rogers will live on through the countless people - here and abroad - who he enlightened with his stories, offered a genuine smile and graced with a token of his appreciation. We are humbled and honored to share Nolan’s story and passion for the sport of lacrosse with the 400 teams and 40,000 participants who are currently participating in the Keeper of Lacrosse Project, and those lacrosse programs that will embrace the Keeper Project in the years to come.