October 1, 2013

Sankofa Lacrosse Alliance Forms for Fall Scrimmages

from Press Release

Chazz Woodson (pictured) and Kyle Harrison have
combined to help launch the Sankofa Lacrosse
Alliance.
© John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com

Providence, RI - The world's greatest Black lacrosse players will come together under the banner of the Sankofa Lacrosse Alliance to promote academic, professional and social achievement for the next generation of lacrosse players.

More than 200 former and present-day African-American players and lacrosse enthusiasts of all ages – both men and women – have pledged support of the Alliance, a group that seeks to unite the African-American lacrosse community in order to grow the sport, and expand its reach by utilizing the collective resources of the lacrosse network.

"We have all been in the situation where we were the only black player on a team," notes Alliance organizer Kyle Harrison. "It's about celebrating how far the sport has come, and to show young Black players that there are other players that look just like them playing this sport at a very high level."

The Alliance will debut it's own agent of change in the "Grow the Game" era on October 25. The Ambassadors – an unparalleled cast of African American professional and recent college players – will compete in fall ball scrimmages against Brown University and Team England in Providence, RI.

"We've each been approached about the idea of starting an all-Black team numerous times," said co-organizer Chazz Woodson. "We decided that we were in a position to really bring it together the right way and with something bigger in mind." Instead of focusing solely on competing, their plan is to equally emphasize what the players on that team can do to encourage academic, social, and professional achievement among young people.

Harrison and Woodson, formerly teammates on the Los Angeles and the LXM Pro Tour, will be joined by some of the brightest stars of lacrosse. Jovan Miller, John Christmas, Sam Bradman, and a host of former All-Americans, National Champions, and professionals will don Ambassador uniforms – donated by John Christmas' Encore Brand - for the games against Brown and England.

The tentative schedule for the 3 way scrimmage is:

  • Sankofa v Team England, 2:00p
  • Sankofa v Brown, 3:00p
  • Brown v Team England, 4:00p

The scrimmages will be held on Meister-Kavan field at Brown University.

"This project has been in the works for at least 3 years now," notes Harrison. "We have had a number of different ideas and visions for where we want this to go, so I'm proud to see it finally come together." The Sankofa concept is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. Literally translated it means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot." As Woodson explains it, networking, outreach, and exposure are the three major objectives of the SLA. "Since the beginning, the consistent focus has been to connect the African American lacrosse community geographically and generationally, and to utilize the collective experiences and resources of that network to promote academic, professional, and social achievement among all populations."

For further information regarding the development of the Sankofa Lacrosse Alliance, and the Ambassadors team, please follow them on Facebook facebook.com/SankofaLax and Twitter @SankofaLax.

Ambassadors Roster

Number Name Position College Pro
1 John Christmas Attack Virginia LXM Pro
2 Billy Daye Goalie North Carolina  
3 Josh Hawkins Midfield Loyola Charlotte Hounds
4 Marcus Craigwell Defense Hobart  
5 Devon Sherwood Goalie Duke  
7 Matt Casey Midfield Ithaca Chesapeake Bayhawks
8 Chazz Woodson Attack Brown Ohio Machine
9 Roger Ferguson Defense Brown Denver Outlaws
10 Andrew Casimir Defense Dowling LXM Pro
11 Maxx Davis Midfield UMBC LXM Pro
12 Sam Bradman Midfield Salisbury LXM Pro
13 Rhamel Bratton Midfield Virginia LXM Pro
15 Kieondre Woody Defense Onondaga CC  
17 Evan Redwood Attack Amherst  
18 Kyle Harrison Midfield Johns Hopkins LXM Pro
19 Bryce Woodson Midfield Ohio State  
21 Shamel Bratton Midfield Virginia LXM Pro
23 Jovan Miller Midfield Syracuse Charlotte Hounds
24 Malcolm Miles Midfield St. John's  
25 Damien Davis Defense Princeton  
29 Milton Lyles Defense North Carolina  
32 Harry Alford Goalie Maryland  
33 Thomas Alford Midfield Maryland  
37 Benson Erwin Midfield Johns Hopkins LXM Pro
49 Lantz Carter Midfield Salisbury  
52 Shaun Church Midfield Salisbury  

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