It has been another fantastic year teaching, coaching, officiating, playing, and celebrating Creator's Game as well as Canada's National Summer Sport - Lacrosse!
This game continues to give back in so many ways and we are ecstatic to see new growth throughout our province!
Some community highlights from this year include:
Peguis First Nation - Inaugural Field Lacrosse Program / Inaugural Box Lacrosse Game
Brokenhead First Nation - Continued lacrosse development
Sandy Bay First Nation - Continued lacrosse development
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre - Intro to lacrosse workshop for Physical Education teachers
Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council - Continued community development
Winnipeg Indigenous Accord - All Partners Gathering / Accord Signing Ceremony
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce - New member
Jordan's Principle - Great Lakes lacrosse workshops (Thanks to Isaiah Kicknosway for teaching us the traditional game!)
The Pas - Continued lacrosse development
Long Plain First Nation - Continued lacrosse development / Lax Bash contenders
Portage La Prairie - Ecole Arthur Meighen School workshops / Lax Bash Champions!
Roseau River First Nation - Continued lacrosse development / Lax Bash contenders
Manito Ahbee Festival - Demonstration game
Seven Oaks School Division - Lacrosse Academy / Graduation Pow Wow - Lacrosse demonstration
University of Manitoba - Medicine Game Presentation
University of Winnipeg - Youth Summer Camp
Camp Brereton - Continued lacrosse development
Gladstone - Introduction to lacrosse
Senior Men's Lacrosse NightTeam Manitoba Provincial Bantam Lacrosse Program - Langley, British Columbia
2020 North American Indigenous Games - Tryouts
Canada Day Lax Bash at The Forks National Historic Site with Parks Canada
World Indoor Box Lacrosse Championships - Langley, British Columbia
The Youth1st Lacrosse vision is too see sustainable lacrosse programs in all communities of Manitoba.
We are excited to announce a new partnership with Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) this year. This week we will be visiting York Landing for the first time along with nine other communities to follow which include: Dakota Plains First Nation, Fox Lake, Pinamootang , Lake Manitoba, Keeseekoowenin, Blood Vein, and Lake St. Martin. The goal will be to create a short documentary with MFNERC throughout our Manitoba voyages.
Big thanks to all our friends, families, community members and organizations who have been so supportive over the past few years to get Youth1st Lacrosse up and running. Lacrosse is a team game and we couldn't have done it without you!
Our 2019 Lax Bash Sponsors:
number TEN Architectural Group
University of Manitoba
Royal Bank of Canada
Seven Oaks School Division
Manitoba Blizzard Lacrosse
Community Safety Net
Red River College
Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame
A special thanks to Mel Whitesell, Dave Courrier and Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council, who have been with Youth1st Lacrosse since the beginning. Your continued support to grow lacrosse in Manitoba is truly appreciated.
Looking forward to getting back on the highway and meeting some new lax brothers and sisters.
Yours in lacrosse,
#5 Don Jacks