Ganondagan wood stick lacrosse game set

Considered the “Creator’s game” in Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture, the ancient game of lacrosse—one of today’s fastest growing team sports—seemingly can be found on nearly every playing field throughout Western New York. The popularity of this indigenous Native sport has prompted Ganondagan State Historic Site to host a Wooden Sticks Lacrosse Game Day on Saturday, August 13 from 1-4 pm at Dryer Road Park in the town of Victor. (This event is not at the Ganondagan site.)Team players and coaches from the Rochester Greywolves—including General Manager Craig Marvin—and other local lacrosse teams will be on-hand to teach and show techniques as well as demonstrate an “old style” wooden sticks lacrosse game. Participants may bring their own wooden sticks and equipment. No pre-registration is required, but suggested age for participation is 12 and older. The schedule is as follows:· 1:00-1:30 pm – history of lacrosse as a sport and spiritual endeavor· 1:30-2:30 pm – techniques and shooting time with coaches and players· 2:30-4:00 pm – demonstration gamesIndividuals or teams also may donate to “adopt” a stick for use at future Ganondagan lacrosse games. For more information on this program, call 585-742-1690.According to the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team website, “When the Europeans first came to America, lacrosse was one of the most popular and widespread games played across the continent and with many variations. The long stick game played internationally today belongs to the Iroquois.” The original version of the game possibly had hundreds of players at a time on a field ranging up to a mile in length, and would continue for days.Admission fees are $5/individual, $10/family (two adults and two children), and free for Friends of Ganondagan members. Dryer Road Park is off School Street in the town of Victor. For more information, visit www.ganondagan.org/programs/Lacrosse.html or call 585-742-1690.

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