(HANOVER, GE) A U17 Lacrosse Festival was held during the Women’s U19 World Lacrosse Championship in Hanover, Germany. The U17 Festival was dedicated to the late Ken Galluccio and therefore named in his honor: The Ken Galluccio Memorial Lacrosse Festival.
U17 teams from around the world participated in the festival from August 8-12, 2011, and watched the U19 finals on Saturday, August 13.
Abbie Ness, an Attacker on the Minnesota Lakers Select (US club team) recently [February of 2013] shared her experience at the festival:
I had the opportunity to travel to Hanover, Germany in August of 2011 to play in the Ken Galluccio Memorial Lacrosse Festival with the Minnesota Lakers Select. The trip gave me a chance to experience another culture but more importantly, the opportunity to meet and play against lacrosse players from around the world!
—Abbie Ness, Minnesota Lakers Select Attacker
We played talented teams from England, Germany, Wales, Scotland, Canada and the US. Off the field, we got to know the girls in the hostel where we all stayed. It was amazing to see how girls from so many different countries and backgrounds come together and relate to one other.
We became fast friends with the Welsh and Scottish girls and I stay in contact with some of them through Facebook still today. This experience changed my perspective on the girls from other countries and helped me to realize how much we are alike!
—Abbie Ness, ML Select Team Member
About Minnesota Lakers Select
The Minnesota Lakers Select girl’s lacrosse program was the first advanced traveling club program in the state of Minnesota. Entering into its 6th year, the program has highly competitive teams participating in top recruiting tournaments and showcase events all over the country! Going into the summer of 2013 season, Lakers Select teams will compete as 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019/20/21 teams.
Graduates of the program are playing across all US NCAA levels – DI, DII and DIII – and on competitive WCLA/Uslacrosse club teams. Current Lakers Select players come from 30 different high school teams in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas and over 15 different youth/middle school/community programs at the younger graduation years.
The Lakers Select program is affiliated with the non-profit Winning for Life (WFL). WFL is committed to developing positive leadership and life skills through sports for student-athletes. As a part of this affiliation, Lakers Select student-athletes receive leadership development training and participate in community service opportunities in addition to their athletic and lacrosse training. These young women are learning how to be excellent on the lacrosse field and off!
About Winning for Life
Winning for Life (WFL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing premier athletic skills and positive leadership through competitive sports opportunities. Through providing and sponsoring positive and competitive sports experiences, creating leadership development opportunities,establishing mentoring and networking experiences, and serving the larger community the organization strives to foster the knowledge and skills needed to create a legacy of positive leadership for individuals and sports programs where integrity, sportsmanship and competition are all valued consistently over time.
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 45 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.