August 30, 2010
SAINT PAUL, Minn - The Minnesota Swarm today announced a partnership with Treasure Island Resort & Casino that includes a three-year commitment to develop youth lacrosse programs in the Prairie Island Indian Community.
The partnership also makes Treasure Island Resort & Casino a presenting sponsor of the Swarm. Treasure Island Resort & Casino will receive exclusive naming rights to the Swarm’s home playing field, which will now be called ‘Treasure Island Field’ and it’s logo will also be placed on the back of the Swarm’s home and away jerseys.
“We are excited to announce that Treasure Island will be a presenting sponsor of the Minnesota Swarm for the next three years,” said Swarm Co-Owner and Vice President Andy Arlotta. “The most exciting aspect of this partnership for the Swarm is the opportunity to develop lacrosse for both boys and girls in the Prairie Island Indian Community. We are honored to have the chance to teach Native youth the game of lacrosse. In doing so, we hope to rekindle the spirit and tradition of lacrosse to their reservation, while at the same time providing them with an active and healthy lifestyle alternative.”
The Swarm hosted a four-day lacrosse camp for both boys and girls two weeks ago from August 16-19 in Welch, Minn. The camp was the first effort on behalf of the Swarm to help revive the game of lacrosse in the community and provided beginners with skills necessary to play the sport.
“This camp was exciting because it was the starting point of a year-round effort we will undertake in the community,” said Arlotta. “We will be active in implementing lacrosse in gym classes and developing youth teams in the community. One of the goals we have is to build one of the best lacrosse programs in Minnesota.”
Swarm Assistant Coach Aime Caines and defenseman Travis Hill directed the camp, and other members of the Swarm front office were also present. Hill, a six-year Swarm veteran, is a member of the Tuscarora tribe in southern Ontario, and is one of the NLL’s most well known Native American players.
“In the long run, we hope these kids will spread the word about lacrosse on their reservations,” said Hill. “These campers are now representatives of the sport, and when they go back to their communities, we hope they will teach their friends how to play as well. We anticipate our numbers to grow each time we come down to Prairie Island.”