Press release from the Community Harvest Food Bank:
Community Day to Highlight Sport of Lacrosse and Feed Hungry
The Homestead Lacrosse Clubs are extending a special invitation to area residents to see what the sport of lacrosse is all about. On May 8 the Homestead Community Lacrosse Day will provide non-stop lacrosse action from 10am -9:30pm along with food, raffles, games, radar gun tracked speed throws and lots of information about the sport, camps, equipment, and more. The games will be played on the Homestead High School Football fields and in the nearby Van Hoozen Park by the Aboite fire station.
Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin that is played using a solid rubber ball and a stick or “crosse” with a small net on one end. Teams win points by getting the ball in the opponent’s goal using the stick to catch, carry, and pass. The opposition tries to defend their goal and steal the ball by the use of a stick check, body contact and positioning similar to hockey. The women’s game of lacrosse looks a bit different, does not include as much contact, but requires a great deal of skill. This exciting game of skill, finesse, strategy and physical play has grown very popular in the Fort Wayne area in recent years. “We wanted a way to introduce lacrosse to the whole community because it is a great sport and it is exciting to play and watch,” said Craig Dolfuss, Homestead Lacrosse Community Day committee member. “It is the fastest growing sport in the country for good reason. Our goal is to help grow this sport in Fort Wayne so that it provides many area coaches, parents, youth, and high school athletes the opportunity to enjoy this sport as much as we do.”
Visitors and participants are asked to bring a canned food item which will be collected and donated to Community Harvest Food bank. The games are free of charge. A raffle will feature lacrosse gear, jerseys from pro teams and major college programs like Notre Dame, Vera Bradley bags and other sponsor donated items. Nelson’s chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and other food items will also be available. Empire Lacrosse, a lacrosse equipment specialty retailer out of Indianapolis, will have a tent. Trilogy Lacrosse in Pittsburgh is offering a scholarship to their nationally recognized lacrosse camp. All moms will receive a special gift for Mother’s day.
- 10:00 – Southwest Lacrosse – 5th/6th Grade vs Heritage Christian (Indianapolis, IN)
- 10:00 – Men’s JV vs Guerin Catholic (Noblesville, IN)
- 11:30 – Men’s Varsity vs Guerin Catholic (Noblesville, IN)
- 1:00 – Women’s Varsity vs Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
- 3:00 – Women’s Varsity vs Herron (Indianapolis, IN)
- 5:30 – Men’s JV vs Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN)
- 7:30 – Men’s Varsity vs Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN)
- TBA – Women’s Varsity Bloomington vs Herron
Click here for more information about the Homestead Community Lacrosse Day.
About Homestead Lacrosse
The Homestead Lacrosse Club was established in 2005 by parents and students from Homestead and Canterbury High Schools. The first year the club consisted of a varsity boy’s team with approximately 35 players. Through the hard work and dedication of the players and parents, the Homestead lacrosse program offers a varsity and junior varsity boy’s team, a girl’s team, and a middle school program run through the Jorgenson YMCA. The club currently offers students from several area high schools the opportunity to play lacrosse. Going into the sixth year the club now has over a hundred high school student athletes involved with playing lacrosse. www.homesteadlacrosse.com
About Community Harvest Food Bank
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of hunger through the full use of donated food and other resources. As the largest food bank in northeast Indiana, it collects and distributes over 10 million pounds of donated, surplus food annually through a network of human service member agencies. For more on Community Harvest, visit www.communityharvest.org