Lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America and was again added as an official Olympic sport beginning with the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles. The National Lacrosse League (NLL), World Lacrosse and all other stakeholders, athletes, and partners of the sport celebrated the International Olympic Committee’s official vote to include 5 sports, sixes lacrosse, flag football, baseball/softball, cricket and squash. The Sports Techie community blog curator has played all but cricket and squash, the former as popular a sport worldwide as any. I played lacrosse in high school, college and on men’s teams, as well as coached high school lacrosse, and was an official at the youth, high school, collegiate and men’s levels. LA28 is poised to show the world the fastest game on two feet.
“Today’s historic announcement bringing sixes lacrosse to the 2028 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles cements our sport’s status as an internationally recognized powerhouse primed for exponential growth,” said Kurt Hunzeker, NLL Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations. “The NLL has something major going on, and now is our time to unbox our potential and amplify our intrinsic synergy with sixes-style lacrosse through our world-class game play and groundbreaking grassroots initiatives.”
Founded in 1986, the National Lacrosse League is North America’s premier professional lacrosse league, with its 15 current franchises drawing a record 1,165,528 fans attending games in 2022-23.
“The legacy, popularity, and growth of lacrosse in North America is poised for mass acceleration, inclusive of traditional epicenters and aspiring hotbeds alike,” said Brett Frood, NLL Commissioner. “There is a robust appetite for all disciplines of the game and this Olympic opportunity will fortify a collective rise-the-tide mentality. Sixes is box lacrosse’s close cousin, so the National Lacrosse League looks forward to doing its part in welcoming, surprising and energizing new and existing fans to our uniquely entertaining sport and game experience. On behalf of the NLL, we congratulate the LA28 Organizing Committee and World Lacrosse and fervently join the global lacrosse community in celebrating this monumental moment.”
The 2023-24 NLL season will commence with NLL Faceoff Weekend the first weekend of December.
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The NLL is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada: Albany FireWolves, Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, Halifax Thunderbirds, Las Vegas Desert Dogs, New York Riptide, Panther City Lacrosse Club (Fort Worth, Texas), Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock, and Vancouver Warriors.
Sports Techie, it pains me to report that my alma mater recently disbanded my former Whittier College lacrosse team after their 40-year strong run as the only NCAA men’s lacrosse team on the entire West coast.
Perhaps the positive news of the 2028 LA Games adding lacrosse as an official sport will help bring back lacrosse fever to the Poets campus as it will around the globe.
NLL, you can help make all that happen.
It’s time to get your lax on!
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