Lacrosse has Taken Off in Jamaica!
KINGSTON- Summer programming with the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is in full swing as the start of their 5th annual free lacrosse camp kicked off last week at St. George’s College in downtown Kingston.
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the USA and Canada, and in recent years has quietly made its way into Jamaica, however this summer the sport appears to be poised to make some serious noise as participation is growing rapidly. Known as “the fastest game on two feet,” the fast-paced sport which combines speed, strength and hand to eye coordination seems to fit Jamaica well!
Over 200 High School boys and girls are currently enjoying a free camp at STGC. The number of participants has increased by more than 100% every year for the last three years and is a clear indicator that the sport is on the right track.
The camp is free and is open to all high school boys and girls attending schools that have registered with the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA). High schools within the corporate area that are participating in the Summer camp include names such as STGC, Wolmers (Boys & Girls), KC, Holy Trinity (Boys & Girls), St. Hugh’s, Immaculate, Alpha (Girls), Calabar, JC, Campion, Hillel (Boys & Girls) and Excelsior (Boys & Girls).
The camp is organized by the JLA in conjunction with Fields of Growth International, an American based non-profit that also brings volunteer coaches and NCAA athletes to Jamaica from America.
The lacrosse camp is staffed with local & international coaches and include active instruction, drills, games, contests, and prizes. The top campers will also play guest teams from the USA each Thursday at camp.
Young Jamaican lacrosse players could have a bright future to look forward to as lacrosse is the fastest growing scholarship sport in US Universities in the NCAA. Jamaica is also member of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The FIL is a member of the International World Games Association and Sport Accord. The FIL holds a World Cup every four years and has the goal of earning membership in the Summer Olympics.
More about lacrosse in Jamaica:
Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and will be participating in the 2018 World Championship Games in Israel. For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit www.filacrosse.com