fbpx

Order Your Every Child Matters T-Shirt Now

×
WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL
Las Vegas
11
Panther City
13
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
12
San Diego
13
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Toronto
7
Rochester
11
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Vancouver
9
Calgary
11
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
5
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Panther City
9
Las Vegas
3
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Buffalo
11
Toronto
8
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Rochester
14
Albany
13
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Philadelphia
13
Georgia
12
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Halifax
20
New York
11
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Colorado
12
Panther City
9
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
Halifax
13
Buffalo
18
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
San Diego
17
Calgary
14
Sat, Dec 31
FINAL
Panther City
9
Saskatchewan
11
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
FINAL
Philadelphia
14
Las Vegas
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Panther City
9
Rochester
17
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Halifax
14
Albany
11
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Buffalo
18
Georgia
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Toronto
15
New York
7
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Calgary
8
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Vancouver
11
San Diego
16
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Albany
11
Halifax
10
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
10
Colorado
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Halifax
8
Toronto
17
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Panther City
12
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Georgia
9
Buffalo
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
San Diego
10
Calgary
14
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Las Vegas
16
Vancouver
19
Sun, Jan 15
FINAL
Rochester
11
New York
8
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Buffalo
12
Rochester
15
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
15
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
Toronto
14
Philadelphia
5
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
New York
16
Albany
10
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Rochester
7
Halifax
17
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Buffalo
13
Philadelphia
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Buffalo
16
New York
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Las Vegas
10
Saskatchewan
15
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL/OT
Toronto
11
Calgary
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
San Diego
13
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Panther City
20
Vancouver
7
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
FINAL
Georgia
10
Colorado
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL/OT
Calgary
12
Halifax
11
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
New York
14
Toronto
22
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Albany
5
Philadelphia
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Rochester
10
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Panther City
10
San Diego
12
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
14
Vancouver
8
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Colorado
8
Las Vegas
13
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:30:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
19:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
Powered By
MGM Logo
Scores / Schedule
HeritageNLL UnitesStories/Op-Ed

Jake Fox is Fighting For Lacrosse To Be Recognized

What initially started as a class assignment for Jake Fox while attending Johns Hopkins University quickly transformed into a deep desire to further learn about his Indigenous roots as a member of the Métis Nation. It also fueled a developing passion to educate others about the origins and symbolism of lacrosse within Indigenous communities.

In 2019, with the help of one of his professors, Fox crafted a rebuke of the World Game’s initial decision to exclude the Haudenosaunee Nationals at the World Games held in Birmingham this past summer. The Haudenosaunee were eventually allowed to play in the games after Team Ireland vacated their spot.

On their resume alone, the Haudenosaunee Nationals have proven their talent on the field of play to be included in any international competition. But, the deeper and more scaring wounds come from the sole fact that the world would not have lacrosse if it were not for the Indigenous people of North America.

Lacrosse is one of nine sports that have been invited by Los Angeles 2028 to present its case to be included at the Olympic Games. While the sport isn’t officially included, this is a real shot to get lacrosse on the biggest stage.

There are a lot of complexities of bureaucracy that complicate what seems to be a no-brainer decision for one of the best teams in the world. For reasons such as the Iroquois not being one of the 206 IOC-recognized National Olympic Committees because the fact that the IOC only recognizes a country’s National Olympic Committee if that country is recognized by more than half of the United Nations makes the fight for inclusion a real logistic challenge.

As Fox mentions in the published newsletter, the decision made by the hosting nations not to recognize the Haudenosaunee passports at the 2010 (in the United Kingdom) and 2018 (in Israel) World Lacrosse Championships – the team was later included in 2018 after last-ditch efforts by Canada and the United States were successful – the exclusion continued to express a narrative that the Haudenosaunee people were not equal to those from other nations.

Lacrosse is, and will forever be, an essential part of Indigenous culture. Lacrosse will continue to be a positive driving force within Indigenous communities for spiritual, emotional, and physical reasons that will never truly be understood by any other nation. Fox stated how being represented on the world stage and allowing Indigenous youth to observe the older generation gracefully excel at lacrosse has lasting impacts.

“As the sport grows, so does the grassroots movements,” Fox said. “A great way to grow the understanding of culture is through sport. The more we see [Indigenous] players come into the league, the more our communities surround the players, and the more kids want to start playing at a younger age.”

It should be noted that Fox did not have the same upbringing as other Métis people. He grew up in Ottawa, away from the reservation, but he has never wavered from wanting to be connected with his roots. Nevertheless, growing up as a member of the Métis Nation, where lacrosse is not as prominent compared to other Indigenous nations, Fox expressed the personal impact that being included in the World Games made on him.

Playing with the Haudenosaunee Nationals over the last two years has been a real learning experience for me,” Fox said. “From what I know growing up Métis, lacrosse is not a very dominant sport within the community. It’s something that can hopefully grow within the community.”

“Wherever you come from, when you get involved in the game, you get to meet people and learn about different communities and how lacrosse was brought to them. Sitting around and listening to Jeremy Thompson is one of the most interesting and fun things to do when we’re just sitting around as a team at [for example] the World Games. Listening to the elders makes you feel grateful to be there around them and learning from them.”

Fox’s words (written, spoken, and otherwise) have impacted Indigenous youth. Still, his continued actions keep his efforts to fight for equality and inclusion alive. Being Métis in Ottawa has provided Fox with many opportunities to grow the game. Whether on reservations or elsewhere, it is a region with plenty of lacrosse talent potential.

“There’s an ever-growing lacrosse community in and around Ottawa,” Fox said. “We’ve seen such growth of the game from Akwesasne and Kahnawake.”

It has been crucial for Fox to back up his words with decisive action. Among some of the many ways that Fox is doing his best to grow the game: he works with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to teach kids about the history of the game, how to play, and detailing what tools that are used to play lacrosse, he travels with the Ottawa Capitals as the program’s Director of Lacrosse Operations and is the Competitive Director for the Gloucester Minor Lacrosse Association.

Of course, this is on top of representing the Métis Nation as a member of the NLL’s New York Riptide. That is a lot of responsibility for a young man to bear, but that is how Fox wants to do his part.

“I want to do whatever I’m capable of to help the cause,” Fox said.

At the end of the day, Fox can only do so much to help his people earn representation at the Olympics or any other international competition. What he can do is, help his community be as successful as possible at lacrosse and be proud of what the game has done for Indigenous people for centuries.

 

NLL