Back in July, I attended the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, my trip to the game’s biggest stage for the very first time. I’ve got to say, my journey through Israel was easily the highlight of my summer.
After a long 13+ hour flight, I landed in Jerusalem for my first World Games. During my time in Israel, I was lucky enough to venture outside of Jerusalem to visit Netanya, Tel Aviv, and the West Bank. I even got some time to swim/float in the Dead Sea. The entire experience was a fantastic one, especially when it came to the games…
Interacting with the teams and getting a taste of culture was my top priority. I’ve known the Denmark Fighting Pastries team for a while, and they’re an incredible group of individuals. While I made Twigs for the entire team, I did forget to engrave my name in one of them. The player who received it approached me later and I got the opportunity to autograph the stick myself. Lacrosse always comes back around.
One thing I have to point out is how absolutely insane and loud the Australian fans were. They brought an incredible amount of energy to the entire event.
I made contacts with people from 12 countries that I still follow up with to this day. If I had one criticism, it would be that Team USA didn’t interact enough with the greater lacrosse community. Personally, I would have enjoyed a bit more active representation from my home country.
Even so, I’m a little worried that maybe the 2022 games (which are slated for a North American location) may lose a bit of its luster when it’s brought to this side of the world. Either way, four years from now, I expect there to be a whole new batch of athletes looking to prove themselves on the big stage and do their part to #GROWTHEGAME.