By Coach Buzz Battaglia
Have you ever driven down University Parkway and wondered about the statue at the end of Homewood Field? That work of art depicting two Native Americans playing America’s oldest sport is the proud entrance to the headquarters of U.S. Lacrosse and the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame.
"The Creator's Game" statue stands outside the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame
Readers of this column know I often jump on my soapbox talking about the importance of coaches and parents getting their kids actively involved in all types of sports. Taking them to local high school and college games is a great bonding experience, and if you haven't taken the time to visit this fact-filled, memorabilia-packed experience, you're really missing something.
The museum and Hall of Fame are a great tribute to the sport, players and the coaches. The history of the sport is meticulously covered from 1636 to the present for both men and women, youth to professional. You will learn how lacrosse evolved, from a preparation for war and a method to resolve conflicts for Native Americans to current day, where 426,022 players at all five levels can attest that it is America’s fastest growing sport.
In addition to celebrating and protecting the game, U.S. Lacrosse’s mission is to honor all facets of lacrosse with awards and recognition, playing opportunities, educational programs with certifications and 13 publications such as Lacrosse Magazine.
Whether you can get there before the Final Four, or sometime this summer, make some time for this worthwhile trip over to a Baltimore treasure.
The Lacrosse Museum and Hall of Fame is located at 113 West University Parkway. It is open year round and offers special discounted rates for groups. For more information, call 410-235-6882 or visit www.uslacrosse.org.
Issue 3.18: May 1, 2008