December 8, 2010
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm will open their seventh season on Treasure Island Field at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. CST against the Rochester Knighthawks. The Hive will feature Native American Heritage Night presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community.
At the game, the Minnesota and Rochester players who participated in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships this past July in England will be honored. In a 12-10 victory over Team Canada, Team USA brought the title home to the United States.
Heritage Night will also pay tribute to local Native American youth lacrosse players and recognize children from Prairie Island, as well as other reservations, who participated in the in the “Lax-4-Life” lacrosse camp.
This past summer, the Minnesota Swarm hosted a weeklong camp at Prairie Island to introduce the boys and girls on the reservation to the sport of lacrosse, the heritage of the game, health tips and life skills. In an effort to develop a team to compete in youth lacrosse, the Swarm initiated after school practices two days a week at Prairie Island starting in October. Swarm Assistant Coach Aime Caines and Native American Lacrosse Program Coordinator Brian Kimmell serve as the coaches at the practices.
Lacrosse was developed centuries ago by Native American tribes and later adopted by European settlers. As a tribute to the sport, the half-time presentation will feature a demonstration of a traditional Oneida Warriors game.
Early arriving fans will receive bam sticks courtesy of Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community.
Swarm fans looking to lock up season tickets in 2011 can take advantage of a Buy 2 Get 2 at 50% offer. By purchasing two season tickets at full price, fans can add an additional two tickets for half the cost. Call 888-MN-SWARM or visit mnswarm.com for more information. For information about Treasure Island Resort & Casino visit www.ticasino.com.
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