April 13, 2017
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Lacrosse is the oldest native Northern American sport still played to this day. The Native Americans invented the sport to pass time, mimic war, and to bring peace among other tribes. There is evidence of this game being played by the Onondaga tribe near the US-Canadian border before any signs of European immigrants coming to America. The Native Indians called this sport the “creators game” because it was thought to bring pleasure to their gods by amusing them with the sport, and in return it would bring their tribe health and wellness as well as bring medicinal values to their people within their tribe. Before the immigration of European settlers, the game was a completely different sport with a different meaning. Back in the 1630s is when researchers saw first signs of European immigrants involved within the sport. Immigration totally changed the way the game of lacrosse was played. The immigrants totally re-invented the sport regulating the rules, shortening the field of play, and implementing safety precautions, resulting in a totally re-invented game that is what many of us know and love today.
In today’s society, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America among our youth. With over 51 Division 1 college programs, lacrosse is still growing with the additions of many lacrosse club programs in universities that may not be fortunate enough or have the proper funding to have a full time Division 1 lacrosse program. Despite the fact that lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the country, East Lake High is still not on board with the sport. The high school has zero involvement with our local club program the East Lake Eagles. The aim for our local club program is to be a full time varsity sports program within the next five years.