2 Apr 2014

“America’s First Sport” on Vimeo

“America’s First Sport” on Vimeo

(Syracuse University) The first sporting event every observed by Europeans in North America was a lacrosse game in 1637. Jesuit missionaries from France saw hundreds of native men playing a ball game with sticks that they thought resembled a bishop’s crosier, so they called the game “lacrosse.”

That makes lacrosse the oldest sport in America, and in the 21st century is has become the fastest growing. This rapid growth in participation, domestically and globally, presents the sport with a new set of opportunities and challenges.

America’s First Sport

Students in the History of Sport class at Syracuse University’s Falk College Department of Sport Management researched the history, current trends and future prospects of lacrosse during the 2012-13 academic year. This documentary film, America’s First Sport, is a product of their research, which was led by Professor of Practice Dennis Deninger.

Narrated by Mike Tirico
Original Score by Bill DiCosimo
Director of Photography Michael Barletta
Edited by Holly Rodricks
Coordinating Producer: John Craddock III
Written, produced and directed by Dennis Deninger

Copyright Syracuse University 2013

—Staff Report

Vimeo direct link: America’s First Sport

About the FIL

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently has 50 member nations and sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor.) The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.

Share "“America’s First Sport” on Vimeo" via

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in FIL
18 Dec 2014

TLA Founder Joins FIL Development Committee

TLA Founder Joins FIL Development Committee(Toronto, Canada) The Federation of International Lacrosse is proud to announce the addition of Prantarit “Payu” Nerngchamnong to the FIL Development committee. Payu is the President and Founder of the Thailand Lacrosse Association and has assisted with lacrosse development in Singapore ...

6 Dec 2014

Daily schedule of The World Games 2017

Daily schedule of The World Games 2017The International World Games Association announced the daily schedule of the sports program for the 10th edition of these games in Wroclaw/Poland 2017. Six sports to start on first day After the Opening Ceremony on 3 August, the spectators can experience ...

16 Nov 2014

FIL attends SportAccord IF Forum

FIL attends SportAccord IF Forum(Lausanne, Switzerland) Federation of International Lacrosse Director of Development, Tom Hayes, and Director of Finance, Ron Balls, were in attendance for the 8th annual IF Forum which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland from Monday, November 3rd through Wednesday, November 5th. The ...