Dear Team Canada U19 members
I am pleased to announce that we have recently received a $25,000 sponsorship commitment from a benefactor of the U19 team that will compete at the World Championships this summer. In lieu of corporate recognition, the individual has asked that each Team Canada jersey be adorned with the name of an individual who has helped build the foundations of our great game. Such as person (living or deceased) should be someone who you think deserves recognition for their efforts to grow and develop the game of lacrosse in Canada. We currently have the names of four such “builders” and their brief bios appear below. We therefore ask that each of you try to identify someone in your lacrosse community who you think is worth of such an honor and this identification process can be conducted in conjunction with your club or provincial association. In total we will need 24 names that will appear on the lower back of the jersey. The four “builders” we have at this point in time are as follows;
Jack Crosby – Gave his life to the sport of lacrosse and held virtually every executive position imaginable within the Burnaby lacrosse club. Jack was also the mastermind behind the lacrosse tournament known simply as the “Crosby” which of course is the best “Novice” lacrosse tournament in the world.
Wayne Sutherland – Wayne Sutherland is currently the Head Coach of the Calgary Mountaineers and has been an integral part of the Calgary lacrosse scene for more than 40 years. An outstanding lacrosse player in his own right, Sutherland has been associated with the Calgary Mountaineers junior and senior clubs for decades as a player, coach and executive. Wayne’s brother Chris and his father Fred have also made significant contributions to the Calgary lacrosse community over the years.
Brian Kruse – Was the past President of the Oakville Lacrosse Association and passed away in 2009. Kruse served his lacrosse community in numerous ways including acting as convener, coach, referee, Association President and President of the Oakville Buzz lacrosse team. Kruse’ stewardship of Oakville lacrosse was seen by many as a model for how a community based lacrosse program should be grown and run.
Wes Patterson – Is a member of both the US and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fames and enjoys legions of fans on both sides of the border. Patterson’s accomplishments as a coach and administrator are well known but perhaps his greatest reputation in Canada was as the man that made and fixed sticks. Patterson’s affection for the sport and the people who play it endeared him to lacrosse communities across Canada.
In order to meet the deadline for the Team Canada jersey order we ask that you submit your lacrosse “builder” nomination this week, by Friday April 27, 4 pm EST.
Please Email your nominations to email@example.com
Yours in Lacrosse,
Team Canada Lacrosse