I am going to interview kids on the lacrosse team in order to get their take on the sport of lacrosse and why they started playing.\n
Origins of lacrosse traced back to the Haudenosaunee Creation Story. There was a fight for power to control the world between Sapling who is the holder of the heavens and Flint who is the Mischievous One. They played a variation of the current sport of lacrosse from sunrise to sunset. There ended up being no winner so had other games to play. Sapling ended winning and when he created humans he passed on the sport of lacrosse. So that is why lacrosse is known as a sacred game.\n
There are 3 different versions of lacrosse played. The southeastern tribes like the Cherokee played with 2 2 and a half long sticks to pick up a deerskin ball between them. The Great Lakes Tribes used just one 3 foot long stick with a pocket barely larger than the ball at 3 to 4 inches in diameter. It was also made of wood. The Northeastern Tribes like the Iroquois played with a stick longer than 3 feet and a pocket similar to present day lacrosse sticks. They were made of wood and were the backbone behind how we play today.\n
The original game was only played by males. It didn&#x2019;t have many rules but the one main rule was do not touch the ball with your hands. They ball was to be picked up, thrown and caught with the crosse. La crosse was what the French called the game because it is a general name for a game being played with a curved stick and a ball. The Iroquois still play today but were just accepted into international play during the 1980s.\n
Lacrosse was primarily an east-coast sport until a couple of years ago. It has spread like wildfire into states like Kentucky. Fathers who used to play lacrosse as kids are the ones that are getting their kids to play which allows other kids to get the opportunity to play also. Mostly hockey players and football players were the ones trying out and now that kids are given the opportunity while they are young to play, they are taking it.\n
The game of lacrosse played by men is a complicating sport but is easy to get the hang of. There are 10 people on each team allowed on the field at one time. 3 attack men must stay on one side of the field and 3 defense men must stay on the other side along with the goalie. This is the same for both teams. Midfielders are allowed to roam the field and are also allowed to stay back if an attack men or a deffense men crosses the field. Penalties are assessed due to severity of the foul. For men&#x2019;s lacrosse, the topl of the ball must not be showing when in the pocket of the stick or it is considered illegal.\n
This is how a boys lacrosse field looks from the sky. The dotted lines on the field represent the restraining box. Once the offense leaves the box they have 10 seconds to get it back in or it is a turnover. They can keep the ball moving in the box for as long as they want. The offense is not allowed in the crease.\n
Nick Collelouri was a graduate of Ridley High School which is not too far from here. He went on to Hofstra University to play Division 1 lacrosse. In his sophomore year in college he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin&#x2019;s Lymphoma. He created the HEADstrong Foundation to help people like him who are fighting this disease. Our lacrosse team has been buying HEADstrong shoe laces to put in our shoes for every single game to honor Nick.\n
Lymphoma is a general name for cancer of the lymphatic system and there are various types of Non-Hodgkin&#x2019;s lymphoma depending on the cell type that is involved. The lymphatic system is an important part of your body because it fights against infections and drains excess fluids from the tissues. Can be caused by exposure to radiation and cancer causing chemicals. It usually occurs in men from the age of 60 to 70 but can occur for no apparent reason.\n
Nick fought the cancer for 14 months. During those 15 months he still worked out on a regular basis, he helped other patients. He played in his last lacrosse game in Augest of 2006. He later passed away on November 28th, 2006. He was only 21 years of age. His family has carried on his legacy ever since through the HEADstrong Foundation. \n
One option that I really want to do for my class activity is ask everyone what they want to do before they die. I want to ask this because Nick was a normal kid just like any of us and he was hit with cancer. This took all of the important things away from him.\n
Just think about being diagnosed with cancer and knowing that you have to fight for your life. All of the little things start to matter less and you take everything for granted.\n
LACROSSE ROBBY BOYKPERIOD 10 MS. RIEGER
Thesis/PurposeTo research the historyof lacrosse, raise moneyfor an important cancerfoundation associatedwith lacrosse, and toresearch the growth ofthe sport over the years.http://www.headstrongfoundation.org/category/photos/
VideosInbed videos into your slide as needed.Will make video interviews of some kids thatplayed lacrosse for their whole lives
Personal Relevance Lacrosse is very important to me because I fell in love with it from the first time I saw a high school lacrosse game. It opened new doors for me and allowed me to become more disciplined, more athletic, and a better all around person. Without lacrosse I wouldn’t be as good of friends with the people that are close to me now. It’s time to let the world in on this amazing sport.
Origins Theory Haudenosaunee game of lacrosse - Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora)Atonwah, Wi:se. "Lacrosse: Ancient Haudenosaunee Game." Editorial. Peace 4 Turtle Island. Kanatiyosh, Dec. 2001. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. <http://www.peace4turtleisland.org/pages/lacrossewise.htm>.
Research of the Sport Southeastern Tribes - Cherokee Great Lakes Tribes - Santee Dakota Northeastern Tribes - IroquoisVennum, Thomas, Jr. "Native American History of Lacrosse." Editorial. http://www.laxhistory.com/. LaxHistory, 2001. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. <http://www.laxhistory.com/>
Original Game Only Males Do not touch the ball with your hands Name coined by Frenchhttp://iroquoisnationals.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=55
ExpandingEast-Coast sport mainlyFastest growing sport
Rules of Boys Lacrosse 10 on 10 including goalies Must go for ball when checking another player Face-offs Off sides Penalties Stick Checksumhsboyslacrosse.webs.com
HEADstrong Foundation Nick Collelouri Ridley High School Get HEADstrong Foundation shirts or shoe laces to help raise money for the fight against blood cancer. For shirts, pick any"Our Founder." HEADstrong Foundation. N.p., 2011. Web. 2 Mar. 2011. of the colors above and sizes from Small to XXL for only $15.<http://www.headstrongfoundation.org/about/headstrongfounder/>. I Shoe Laces are $10. Limited supply of both items. See Robby Boyk (in green above) ROBERT P BOYK Thursday, February 24, 2011 4:25:38 PM ET
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma General Name Lymphatic SystemMcCoy, Krisha MS. Adult Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Conditions & Procedures InBrief. Nucleus Medical Media, 1 Sept. 2010. Web. 3 Mar. 2011. <http://search.ebscohost.com/
The Fight14 monthsWorked out regularlyNovember 28, 2006http://www.headstrongfoundation.org/
Class ActivityWhat is one thing you would like to do beforeyou die?
Conclusion“Make use of the time you have and don’t stressthe little things. Have a smile and enjoy what you can get out of life.” -Nick Collelouri
Works Cited Atonwah, Wi:se. “Lacrosse: Ancient Haudenosaunee Game.” Editorial. Peace 4 Turtle Island. Kanatiyosh, Dec. 2001. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. a href="http://www.peace4turtleisland.org/" rel="nofollow">http://www.peace4turtleisland.org/pages/lacrossewise.htm>. The main point to why I am using this article is because it tells a tale about how these two gods played a version of lacrosse in order to see who would be the one to create humans. Teharonhiawakon won and became the Great-Creator.Then after he created the people he passed down stories of their origins and the game of lacrosse.Frank, J. L. “LAUNCHED BY LACROSSE.” Louisville Magazine May 2006: 32-35. Print. J.L. Frank wrote this article to explain that in Kentucky in 1997there was barely any interest in a sport called lacrosse. There would only be about 16 boys trying out for St. X high school in Kentucky. Then heexplains how by 2006 the sport has exploded. There is now almost enough teams to create a league and make it an official sport in Kentucky. Thisarticle was written in 2006 and it says that in 2008 lacrosse is expected to be a varsity sport for boys at the University of Louisville. This relates tomy topic because it shows how lacrosse went from just a sport played by a couple dads back in the day to a huge sport now being played in high schoolsand colleges.McCluney, Eugene B. “Lacrosse: The Combat of the Spirits.” American Indian Quarterly 1: 34-42. JSTOR. Web. 23 Dec. 2010. a href="http://www.jstor.org%3E" rel="nofollow">http://www.jstor.org>;. This Journal entry was very well written about how lacrosse was actually invented. It wasstarted by the French and the Native Americans. They had 2 foot long sticks with the top curved into a loop and the net made out of deer thongs tostop the ball from passing through. The name was termed by the French. The article goes into detail of how the sport was made and and why it wasstarted: for religious reasons. It is perfect for my project because it explains in detail how lacrosse used to be played.
(Continued) McPhee, John. “PIONEER.” New Yorker 22 Mar. 2010: 34-37. Print. John McPhee wrote this to share a coach’s story about how he spread lacrosse. It is relevant to my topic because it explains how lacrosse is spread around the country and how it came to be what it is today. This article is about a lacrosse coach named Bill Tierney who was a successful coach at Princeton but got a call from the University of Denver about who they could find to be their coach. They asked Tierney to coach for them and he decided that he was definitely going to do it since there were only two big lacrosse schools on that side of the Mississippi. He was going to show that lacrosse is not just an Eastern United States game, but anyone in the U.S. can play it and be successful. This pioneered lacrosse and spread it around the country. It is safe to say that more people are playing lacrosse around the country then ever before. It is a fast growing sport and that is what this article is about.Price, S. L. “PRIDE OF A NATION.” Sports Illustrated 19 July 2010: 60-71. Print. S. L. Price wrote this article to show that the Iroquois started andstill play lacrosse today and it explains the history of lacrosse which is why I picked it. This article is about a lacrosse team called the IroquoisNationals who plays internationally and started from just playing with wooden sticks on their sacred lands. The game that we know today is based off ofwhat they played. Lyons leads the team, an Onondaga protector of Native Traditions, and assembles all of his players in the tribe to beat the EnglishNational team. Their main game is box lacrosse which is lacrosse inside a hockey rink without ice. It is currently played all over and there are manyNative American players who play professionally and on a college level for lacrosse.Vennum, Thomas, Jr. “Native American History of Lacrosse.” Editorial. http://www.laxhistory.com/. LaxHistory, 2001. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. ahref="http://www.laxhistory.com/%3E" rel="nofollow">http://www.laxhistory.com/>;. This article goes well into detail about the origins of lacrosse andhow it came to be such a fast growing sport today. It talks about how the game used to be played and what kind of role it played in Native Americanculture. All of the tribes have different variations of the game and the present day game is based off of the New England tribes sport.
(Continued) Freed, Stanley A. "Lacrosse yesterday and today."Cobblestone 15.9 (1994): 32. History Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. This article goes into detail about the deadlysport, back then not called lacrosse, and how it has developed over the years. The game of lacrosse is not quite like it was whenthe Native Americans first started playing it, we have modified it severely but it is still along the same lines.