2018 Founders Cup Lacrosse Event – Akwesasne A’nowara’ko:wa Arena
2018 FOUNDERS CUP LACROSSE EVENT – AKWESASNE
The Akwesasne Mohawk Medicine Men, MCA Department of Tehotiiennawakon and
Department of Technical Services and our Akwesasne community proudly hosted the 2018
Founder Cup August 13th – 18th. The 2018’ Founder’s Cup Jr. B National Lacrosse Championships consisted of eight eager teams that were here to compete for the National Jr. B lacrosse championships. They were teams representing British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, First Nation Lacrosse Seneca War chiefs and the Mohawk Medicine Men. They played with their hearts and the team that was physically, emotionally and mentally prepared was crowned the 2018’ Founder’s Cup Jr. B National Champions, the Elora Mohawks representing the province of Ontario.
Founders Cup meetings began June 19th with the confirmation from the Mohawk Medicine men organization that Akwesasne would be the venue for 2018’ National Jr. B Founder’s Cup lacrosse championship. The Department of Tehotiiennawakon and Department of Technical Services quickly put themselves in gear and were key in ensuring the Arena was ready to host the tournament including installing the turf on July 6th, with the assistance of MCA Chiefs and cooperation of the Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection to ensure passage through the border was with minimal impacts on the traveling public, scheduling of transportation with the assistance of the Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education for teams from airport and hotel to the arena venue, ensuring the health of players and the public with the assistance of the MCA Department of Health in stationing an ambulance at the Arena during the tournament, ensuring the safety of everyone through the cooperation of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police, obtaining corporate sponsorships and MCA’s Information Services in upgrading the Internet service at the arena to live-feed the lacrosse games. The weeklong event involved increased employment for Akwesasne, provided high-level Lacrosse entertainment, created memories, new partnerships and friendships. The Mohawk Medicine Men organized the tournament, coordinating with all of the teams, providing volunteers during the tournament, assisted in obtaining sponsors, and coordinated with the Canadian Lacrosse Association in holding the successful tournament.
On behalf of the Akwesasne Founders Cup Committee, we thank all our sponsors, the Mohawk Medicine Men, MCA District Chiefs, MCA’s Information Services, MCA Ambulance Service, AMPS, Tehotiiennawakon, DTS, AMBE, CBSA, CBP, Ontario East, and the Canadian Lacrosse Association for making the 2018 Founders Cup Jr. B National Lacrosse Championship event a great success! Congratulations to the champions, the Elora Mohawks from Ontario.