“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” – Nelson Mandela
The game of lacrosse has it’s roots in the Native American people indigenous to what is now America and Canada. These natives see the game as a gift from the Creator with medicinal benefits to the people. In the modern era of the game, the growth of the sport of lacrosse has been fueled by passionate lacrosse enthusiasts, seeking to see more people enjoy this beautiful gift from the Creator. The growth of the sport has led to friendships that span nations on every inhabited continent around the world.
The origin of lacrosse in Jamaica is thanks in large part to the people at the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps. This program has organized lacrosse players from around the world to coach, serve and learn in Jamaica. The Jamaica Friendship Games are held as a culminating event during the Lacrosse Volunteer Corp program and give lacrosse players from visiting nations the opportunity to share the field in competition and friendship with teams from Jamaica.
It’s our way of hosting an event to say thank you to outside volunteers, groups and teams that visit us in Jamaica!