An original Native American sport that has been recently introduced into the Slovakian boarders is growing, but not fast enough. As with many new sports that have been introduced into the Slovakian sports community, some have had better results while others continue to lack the support. Lacrosse was introduced in 2002 by a Slovakian that had traveled and studied Native American Culture in the US and Canada. Upon his return, with hopes of developing the sport in Slovakia, the SLL was born.
The introduction of the sport gained small support from a few sponsoring companies, but has yet to be accepted as an interest for the masses. With three existing teams in Slovakia and the National Team (from a pool of these teams), there is a need for growth and introduction at younger levels to feed these programs. The teams are mostly self-supporting and funding, with equipment, fields, and transportation all paid by the individual players. The teams are of varied ages, skills, and participation, but all want to grow and build on what they have. This can only be done when the realization of the sport and the local support, will accept the Lacrosse Community, as it does with Hockey, Football and other established sporting programs.
With the European Lacrosse Championship only one week away, the Slovakian team is ready to represent Slovakia on a National level, without the National support they wished for. Amsterdam 2012 may go unnoticed by most Slovakians, but those involved with the sport will certainly take notice from North America and across the globe. Held every 2 years, the European championship has grown to have a full competition of now 17 international teams and hundreds of players from all countries across the globe. This will be the largest European event for the sport to date. To get more information on the Championship and check on the results visit www.ec12lacrosse.com/en for all the latest updates during the event.
Please support the National team in their hopes to place amongst the top in the league.
If you would like to support, join, or sponsor the sport in any way please visit the SLL website for all contact information.
For info on the sport: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacrosse
IAGDTPL = “It’s a great day to play Lacrosse”
By Daniel Logan