Lacrosse stars of tomorrow filled the Memorial Arena on
Saturday for their first Jamboree. These
eager young lacrosse players came from other cities to join the Kamloops
players for a day
of fun and activities at the Mini-Tyke/Tyke Lacrosse Jamboree.
|The Jamboree begins|
The banner was carried in for the opening by members of the Peewee
A1 Rattlers team who were joined by their teammates to also help out with
activities throughout the Jamboree.
|Teams file in for opening ceremony|
Teams from Kelowna
, Nicola Valley
North Okanagan and Penticton
all joined the Kamloops
teams for a
total of 97 Mini-Tykes and Tykes to file in for their Jamboree opening and
begin their day to practice their skills and have some fun.
|Mini-Tykes and Tykes Lacrosse teams|
The Mini-Tykes are aged 5 and 6 and the Tykes are 7 and 8 years old and are part of the fastest growing sport in North
. Their enthusiasm to
learn this sport shows why that is the case and being one of Canada
organized sports, it is great to see.
Each team came forward showing their team spirit and gave
their cheer. These little guys all felt
the excitement of the event and were game to do some lacrosse activities.
|Kamloops Venom help out|
Members of the Kamloops Venom Jr. B Lacrosse in green jerseys, who later won
their home opener over Vernon
in a game in this same arena, joined the coaches and volunteers to help the Tykes
with their drills. To see more on The
Kamloops Venom, click here
|Mini-Tyke shows his skills|
This little Mini-Tyke was getting into the drills and
determined to get that ball into the net.
The game of lacrosse is making its’ way down to the younger ones and as
a 4 year old, this little fellow is going to play the game his big brother plays
so well as part of the Peewee A1 Rattlers.
|Fun was part of the Jamboree|
The teams would rotate doing different drills at each location
on the floor, including the bouncy obstacle course that was a big challenge for
some. Most of them were up for that, though.
They enjoyed lots of fun with lots of energy to spare.
The Lions Club had hamburgers and hot dogs ready for the
Jamboree lunchtime so between lacrosse drills and playtime, the teams made
their way out to enjoy their lunch before getting back to the fun.
|Learning the drills|
There were several volunteers who made this Jamboree
happen including Lianne, Sean, Neil and Michelle. The coaches and parents who also spend their
time at the practices and rinks so the kids can enjoy a healthy activity like
lacrosse volunteered their services as did the older lacrosse teams involved.
The Thompson Okanagan Minor Box Lacrosse Commission (TOMBLC)
whose mission is to promote the game of lacrosse sponsored this open free event
for the Mini-Tykes and Tykes with work done by many volunteers.
Well done, Kamloops
especially for those who have shown their spirit for the game of lacrosse. These
little winners show promise of future stars who will join the ranks of lacrosse
players who have gone before them and all is thanks to their parents, coaches
and volunteers. I am sure they will not soon forget this Jamboree.
For more information for any levels of Kamloops lacrosse, click here