First-Ever International Lacrosse Tournament on Haudenosaunee Land Seeks Volunte

Volunteers are still being sought for a historic lacrosse tournament that will be held next month in Ontario, Canada.

The World Lacrosse Challenge, an international boys-under-19 event, will be September 11 through 13 at the Six Nations Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

The tournament, which will feature 12 participating clubs, will be the first international event to be staged on Haudenosaunee land. It’s being held in conjunction with the men’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championships, scheduled for September 18 through 27 in the U.S., on the Onondaga Nation and in Syracuse.

For the Six Nations event, organizers are seeking volunteers aged 15 and up to assist with tasks such as timekeeping/scorekeeping and taking tickets. There is also a need for dressing room attendants, who will provide water and fulfill other such requirements that teams have.

“We’re looking for some Haudenosaunee support,” said Gewas Schindler, the executive director of the World Lacrosse Challenge. “We’re trying to do our best to welcome the world to our Native land. We’re looking to treat our visitors well.”

Even a couple of volunteer trainers are needed.

“We’re looking for trainers at any level,” Schindler said. “We know a few of the European countries will be short-staffed because of a lack of funding.”

Participating squads from abroad will be the Czech Republic, Germany, Israel and Team Nordic, which will feature players from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Also taking part will be four Native teams, including the Squamish entry from British Columbia. Other Native entrants are Team Iroquois West, Team Iroquois East and Team Iroquois Seneca.

Three Canadian squads will also compete. They will be the Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) Jr. All-Stars, Canada West and Atlantic Canada/Quebec. The United States will also be sending a team.

Those looking to volunteer at the tournament can contact Schindler at 315-439-0119 or gewas@wilc2015.com.

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