🎉 2022 Shortlist

NLL Unites: Every Child Matters

Entrant: National Lacrosse League (NLL)

Winner 🏆
  • Excellence in Multicultural Storytelling



The National Lacrosse League teams playing in week 6 wore specially designed orange “Every Child Matters” warm-up shirts during the weekend of January 6-8, 2022. This, in addition to helmet stickers all players will be wearing throughout the season, was the first-ever awareness campaign for the Residential Schools in professional sport.

How does this represent “Excellence in Engagement”?

The NLL's multimedia, omnichannel campaign, executed at the league level, and amplified by teams and players, created conversation and sparked fan engagement and growth. The noticeable lift across all owned and operated channels generated funds for charitable partners by activating our fans in a myriad of ways - from auction bids to replica shirt sales.
Every Child Matters is an inspiring execution because it shows that our industry can lift up and amplify niche topics and that there are multiple ways to turn a digital fan into an advocate for change. A niche topic, Every Child Matters shows that our industry can educate fans and empower them to move society forward.

Objective: The National Lacrosse League's CSR program, NLL Unites, is founded on three pillars: Heritage, Inclusion, and Service. For Heritage, the NLL focuses on the Indigenous communities' contribution to lacrosse and beyond. To raise awareness about Native American residential and boarding schools, which were created to isolate indigenous children from the influence of their culture in order to assimilate them, our NLL Unites initiative supports the Every Child Matters movement.

The Work:

National Lacrosse League, NLL Unites- Every Child Matters



  • National Lacrosse League (NLL)
  • The National Native American Board School Healing Coalition
  • Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
  • IGi
  • Fanatics


Jessica Berman
Deputy Commissioner

Ryan Ireland
Manager, Marketing and Communications

Katie Lavin
Marketing, Communications and Events

Lauren Gaffney
Director and Producer
LGL Productions

Darren Sudman
Unless-Outsourced CSR

Kayleigh Jordan-MacGregor
Development Associate
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Lora Horgen
Communications Officer
National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS)

Joe De Perio
Chairman of the Board
I Got It

Nicole Johnson
I Got It

Charlie Ragusa
Director of Business Development and Digital Media
Halifax Thunderbirds

Dave Sowden
Equipment Manager
Halifax Thunderirds

Sxwálhkin (Pete) Natrall
Custom lacrosse stick designer & Dyer
Pete Natrall's Custom Lacrosse

AngelineKamú7nka (Angelina)
Natrall, Artist
Squamish Nation

Ryan Graham
Assistant Online Business Manager

Daniel Caplan

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