Games for Sunday, May 31:
5pm Hitmen vs. Bandits
Ancient Game at New Location
(Toronto) -- Like a bolt from the blue, Toronto Lightning Lacrosse aims to warm the frigid winter months by turning up the heat with Canada's official summer game. Who knows?; the organization might also make a small contribution to the war on obesity.
Lacrosse, a game whose history runs more than five centuries deep in Canada, will soon take root in Scarborough's Stephen Leacock Arena. From September to April, the organization will feature various leagues and programs at the Sheppard Avenue/Birchmount Road facility:
"Our goal is to provide a venue for men and women who are over 18 and can no longer ply their skills outside of playing Junior A or Seniors lacrosse, and also provide a fun environment for adults who want to learn the game of lacrosse," says Toronto Lightning Lacrosse Commissioner Nino Gaspari. "Nor can they find an outlet during the winter months. So our league will fill a gaping void. Better still, it will be a non-contact league that provides an alternative to the rougher version of the game, we also found people who enjoyed watching this game wanting to learn to play so we started the instructional league."
Lacrosse in Canada pre-dates the country itself. It is derived from "baggataway," a highly popular game among natives who occupied the land centuries ago. At times, entire villages would compete not only for athletic supremacy, but also for settling disputes and even training young males for battle. Baggataway became "lacrosse" during the 17th century after newly-arrived French colonists observed Mohawks playing the game.
"This is the rich history and tradition we want to keep alive," says Mr. Gaspari. "And in the process, maybe we can put a dent on those deplorable statistics that tell us obesity rates are soaring among young people. Hey, this game is fun, fast moving, great exercise and it's definitely Canadian."
"We would like to thank all of our sponsors who generously support Toronto Lightning Lacrosse and ask that you support these businesses as they support our League and programs."