I believe equality matters, so I’m going to tell you why I’m supporting the Courage Game. Then you can tell me if you’ll do the same.
Casey Powell’s SPEED Lacrosse will be on full display at the 3rd annual Courage Game. Learn how you can get involved!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lax Sports Network
20 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135
Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (617) 283-6165
Lax Sports Network to produce the 2nd Annual World Lacrosse Beach Festival
BOSTON, MA – Lax Sports Network, a 24-hour digital sports network dedicated to the sport of lacrosse, today announced the network plans to produce content from the 2nd Annual World Lacrosse Beach Festival on September 17th and 18th, according to Chief Operating Officer Rob Wallace.
“Lax Sports Network is excited to work with Casey and the Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation. What better way to follow the mission of the foundation than to bring the excitement and community of the sport of lacrosse to the sand and surf. This event is a great example that lacrosse is not restricted to a season, playing surface or recruitment headlines. It is also about fun, creativity and purpose,” said Wallace.
Travis Eldridge will be in Florida for Lax Sports Network with interviews and flavor from the Beach Festival, including a one-on-one with Casey Powell. Lax Sports Network will also stream the professional Speed Lacrosse game from Siesta Key Beach on Saturday, September 17th beginning at 4pm ET. Scheduled players to appear in the pro Speed Lacrosse game are Casey Powell, Jordan Hall, Brendan Fowler, John Galloway, Connor Buczek, Nick Cotter with JoJo War Drummer returning to the sand creating the heartbeat of the event.
“We are both honored and excited for Lax Sports Network to broadcast the World Lacrosse Beach Festival. It will give lacrosse fans around the world the opportunity to see the amazing stories that CPWLF supports and showcase the hottest new variation of the sport, Speed Lacrosse,” said Founder, Casey Powell and Executive Director, Heather Chase O’Neill.
About Lax Sports Network
Lax Sports Network is a digital video network dedicated to amplifying the game of lacrosse. Since its launch January 5, 2016, the network is committed to producing thousands of hours or original programming development including: live professional, collegiate, and amateur games; news and information; developmental videos; and customized content. Subscriptions are available today!
The network can be streamed across desktop, mobile (iOS & Android) and OTT (Roku & Amazon Fire) devices.
About Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation
The Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation exists to support severely injured and sick lacrosse players and their families. The brainchild of Casey Powell, the CPWLF is focused on supporting lacrosse players, coaches, organizers, and enthusiasts from all over the globe. America’s first sport is spreading like wildfire. It’s our hope to inspire, share and support the growth as well as preserve its powerful and unique culture.
MUZUNGU CLASSIC SPORTS DAY IN KAMPALA, UGANDA
After spending a majority of my time here in Uganda at the Hopeful School, I got to know the Teachers and the Principal very well, which allowed me to convince them to cancel all classes and have a sports day! The day consisted of football, or soccer as us Americans and only us Americans call it, and of course some lax. The day kicked off with a P3 (2nd graders) vs. P4 (3rd graders) football game, which all classes got canceled and the students had come ready to cheer. In the end the P4 boys pulled it out with a slim 2-1 victory. Following that the teachers played the underdog students, and the students pulled out the W! Perhaps the coolest game of the day though was the P5 vs. P6 mixed boys and girls football game.
Traditionally only the boys and men play football, so to have girls out there playing with the boys speaks miles for the empowerment of young girls that the Hopeful school helped me foster. I know this has nothing to do with lacrosse, and I’m writing on a lacrosse blog, but it shows the power of sports and how they unite, create equality, and close gaps. Those are concepts that are unanimous throughout all sports, and are things we should all strive to spread.
After break and lunchtime, we got to play our redemption lacrosse games! The girls got to play first and what a game it was. The ready team, as the girls call it, or the red team as everyone else calls it, was the team I coached who promised me they would beat the yellow team before my departure. They didn’t break that promise. The red team came up with a huge win over the yellow team 7-1, the motivation behind the win was the bet I made with the lacrosse girls who where dancers. They learned that my version of “traditional dance” is not their version of traditional dance.
My motivational speeches appeared to be infectious that day because after I pumped up the yellow team boys they defended their title, and pounded the red team boys. Although the games weren’t as exciting score wise this time around it was exhilarating to see how all these young players have grown. Seeing that made all the time I spent yelling at them to stop on the whistle, or to stop cross checking worth it. Lacrosse is a hard game to learn and it honestly isn’t very fun at first. You have to stick with the game in order to receive its reward and all 35 kids on the field that day did just that. They had learned the game, seen the reward it brings and loved every minute playing it. Many times I see this as the component youth lacrosse players in the United States lack because coaches or mentors fail to teach them that sometimes lacrosse isn’t all just fun and games, it’s bountiful amount of hard work too.
My Ugandan lacrosse players taught me a valuable lessons and I could never thank them enough for that, the passion they share for their friends, family and the game of lacrosse is incomparable.
My advice to anyone considering serving others through the game of lacrosse is to go for it. It pays off if you decide to put your heart and your passion into it. You don’t have to go overseas or across the world in order to grow the game. All it takes is a ball, stick, and an open mind to grow the game in your own community.
“Over the 2016 July Fourth weekend I participated in the World Series of Youth Lacrosse.
Traveling across the country to Denver, Colorado I sat in a room with my team and the top 1% of U13 Lacrosse players in the world. Even though we all came from different places all 400 of us shared the same level of anticipation and love of lacrosse. I knew every kid there could imagine bringing home that trophy and we were all defiantly excited about receiving a custom warp, complements of Warrior.
No matter what the score was at the end of each game it was a great opportunity to play against such great teams. Our first game we played Colorado Crush and I remember my first goal when after a successful clear I crossed the midfield line and was fed the ball, dodged to my left, and scored with my off hand. It felt amazing to get the first points on the board. During the tournament we played in three fierce overtime battles. I remember taking a big shot were the ball hit pipe but went in forcing overtime in the last minutes of one of those games. I wouldn’t have been able to have this experience without my amazing parents as well as my coaches, Coach Harris, Coach Geddis, and Coach Lamon. Thank you for a great season. I’d also like to thank Casey Powell and the Word Lacrosse Foundation for supporting our team. Finally I’d like to thank my teammates for working hard and playing hard. Although we didn’t make it to the championship I had the time of my life.”
Matthew Yellin #27- World Lacrosse Foundation Ambassador
Yes, Ugandans Are Playing Lacrosse!
Friday 9:11am, or 2:11am EST time
Hopeful School, Baby Class thru P-7 (Grades K-8)
Greetings from Kkindu Village, Masaka District, Uganda,
Let me start with an introduction of myself. My name is Emma Rose; a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (although I’ll tell you I’m from Maryland because that’s where my family roots are, and I’ll be going into my senior year at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. I am a member of the women’s lacrosse team, political science major, and a proud running bulldog. Trust me when I say this, a running bulldog is not a pretty sight for the eyes. I’ll try to keep my first blog post short, as no one likes a lengthy post.
Sometime at the beginning of last year I decided I wanted to spend part of my summer interning in Western or Eastern Africa. That country ended up being Uganda and the internship ended up being with Kevin Dugan, the founder of Fields of Growth International (FOG) and the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps (LVC). Thanks to the very tight nit and highly resourceful nature of the lacrosse community I’m able to intern with a fantastic organization, and contribute to the game I love.
For the past 2 weeks I have been traveling Uganda with a Kevin Dugan and 5 other volunteers for FOG. The journey started in Kampala, where the Uganda Lacrosse Association is located. On our first day the group had the chance to work with the teenagers and young adults that participate in the YMCA lacrosse team; the YMCA acts as an epicenter for many social events in Kampala. This is when I realized language barriers are no joke. Everything you are taught by your parents, like to have good posture and to show well-mannered body language comes into play when language is limited. This is the beauty of lacrosse though, and the beauty of sports in general, they can be taught and translated through demonstration and knowing 3 words in Luganda. Those words being stop, go, and Mzungu which is used to refer to people of European descent or foreigner, just so you know when people are speaking to/about you.
We also had the unique opportunity in Kampala to kick-start the first ever Ugandan Lacrosse League, with approx 7 teams ranging from young boys/girls to post collegiate. It is amazing to see how many people in the area are playing lacrosse. It also came at a surprise to me about how many people came to observe and cheer. Everyone that walked by stopped and watched the games for a little, even though it had poured all morning, rained throughout the day, and in African fashion the games started almost 3 hours late. But spirits where high as people sang, danced and cheered. My volunteer group even got to suit up and play men’s lacrosse, ironically enough we lost, but I did get to celebrate my first ever career goal as a men’s laxer. The excitement in Uganda for lacrosse is thrilling.
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2016
Casey Powell’s World Lacrosse Foundation Announces 2nd Annual World Lacrosse Beach Festival
September 17th – 18th
Sarasota, FL – The Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation (CPWLF www.worldlacrosse.org) announces plans to hold the 2nd Annual World Lacrosse Beach Festival September 17 & 18, 2016 once again on beautiful Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. CPWLF and their impressive roster of lacrosse ambassadors steward a two-day celebration of the sport on the #1 ranked beach in the United States.
The World Lacrosse Beach Festival is the Foundation’s keystone annual fundraising event garnering support from the lacrosse community that helps to launch inspirational and support missions all over the globe. The open atmosphere of the festival welcomes thousands of new spectators to the sport of lacrosse with game play easily visible at all times from the food stands to the water’s edge.
The World Lacrosse Beach Festival opens flights up to boys and girls in elementary, middle school, high school, and all new open division using the amazingly fun and exciting Speed Lacrosse format. Game play is 3v3 format with up to 5 players on a team.
Capping off the fun will be a Pro Beach Speed Lacrosse exhibition featuring some of the best professional players in the world. More details along with registration and vendor information can be found at www.worldlacrosse.org under the Event Tab.
The World Lacrosse Beach Festival is an amazing event to witness as it spreads the love of lacrosse to thousands of new spectators and fosters the affections of hundreds of registered players.
CPWLF is a 501(c)3 organization with a passion, responsibility and mission to ignite, spread and share the sport of lacrosse both nationally and globally. The Foundation endeavors to inspire and unify communities worldwide to take up sticks as we foster and grow the sport locally and afar. Co-Founder Casey Powell has spent the past two decades feeling blessed to be surrounded by his passion every day and the results have been historic. With the World Lacrosse Foundation, Powell expects nothing less. This year’s World Lacrosse Beach Festival will honor John Michael Night and Luca Annunziata.
About The Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation
The World Lacrosse Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to unify and energize the entire lacrosse community world-wide. The brain child of Casey Powell, the CPWLF is focused on supporting lacrosse players, coaches, organizers, and enthusiasts from all over the globe. America’s first sport is spreading like wildfire and it is our mission to enhance that growth and preserve its powerful and unique culture. For more information please visit www.worldlacrosse.org.
Heather Chase O’Neill
The Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation
800 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota Fl 34236
Heather@WorldLacrosse.org | (941) 320-3121
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