Press Release: Israel Lacrosse
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — Jerusalem Lacrosse Club will host Tel Aviv Lacrosse Club in Israel’s first-ever competitive lacrosse match at Kraft Family Stadium on August 13th at 9:00 PM. The two teams will compete for the right to raise the Zimmerman Cup, which will be recognized as Israel’s national championship trophy for years to come.
The match, which is being organized and promoted by Israel Lacrosse, is free and open to the public. In addition to complimentary admission to the game, there will be on-field contests, halftime entertainment, and fan giveaways throughout the evening.
Bill Beroza, the head coach of the Israel men’s national lacrosse team, will serve as head coach of Tel Aviv LC, while Israel Lacrosse GM Howard Borkan will coach Jerusalem LC.
Israel Lacrosse’s management group is currently seeking experienced lacrosse players who live in the country to play in the match, as well as developing domestic club teams and national teams. The group expects to field a men’s national team to debut in exhibition play next June at the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships in Amsterdam.
“We’ve successfully identified over 30 Israeli athletes who have experience playing competitive college lacrosse,” said Scott Neiss, Director of Israel Lacrosse. “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to build a player pool quickly and develop a true national club league.”
Lacrosse equipment for the two club teams was provided by Reebok and the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), while team uniforms were donated by The Lax Hut.
Israel Lacrosse, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of the sport in Israel, was officially recognized by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) in June of 2011. Israel is now eligible to participate in FIL international lacrosse competitions, including the 2014 Men’s World Championship which will be held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado. The FIL also operates a Women’s World Cup, Men’s and Women’s U-19, and Men’s Indoor championship events.
The organization is also conducting 20+ youth clinics this summer across the country. The program kicked off on June 20th at Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya, and makes stops in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Bat Yam, Ashqelon, and other locations.
For a full schedule of clinic dates or more information regarding participating on the Jerusalem or Tel Aviv club teams, visit www.israellacrosse.com.