Anishinabe Baagaadowewin Announce 2021 WJLC Management Team
BKEJWANONG TERRITORY - Anishinabe Baagaadowewin (Anishinabe Lacrosse) is pleased to announce the selection of General Manager Travis Payer and Assistant General Manager Jeff Michaluk. Payer and Michaluk will work with the Anishinabe Lacrosse to prepare the first-ever team to participate in a world event.
Anishinabe Baagaadowewin was founded to unite the tribes of the Three Fires Confederacy through the sport of baagaadowewin, or lacrosse. The history of lacrosse is deeply rooted in the culture of the Anishinabeg people of the Great Lakes region.
“Competing at the World Juniors is the opportunity of a lifetime and will be a source of pride among our Anishinabe players, their home communities, and throughout Anishinabeg territory. Gaining international exposure at one of the highest levels of lacrosse is a great start to the ongoing development of Anishinabe Baagaadowewin. Travis and Jeff have the passion for the game and each possess individual skill sets that will provide the foundation for a great tournament team.” said Isaiah Kicknosway, President and Founder Anishinabe Baagaadowewin.
“To be a part of this inaugural team is huge. We will set the framework for future teams - our focus will be to build, strengthen and develop the program. I am looking forward to connecting with people in Anishinabeg communities on both sides of the border who share a love for the game and share in the pride of those selected to represent the first Anishinabe Lacrosse team. What an honor it will be,” said newly appointed Anishinabe Baagaadowewin General Manager Travis Payer.
“I'm very excited to be part of the first Anishinabe lacrosse team. As part of the team we will put the hardest working team forward and set the tone for future teams. I’m looking forward to watching and gaining more knowledge and learning about the culture of the game. Let the competition begin!I have a great passion for a lot of sports but lacrosse has become one of my favourite sports. I can’t wait for the tournament in August. Plus many more to come, ” said Anishinabe Baagaadowewin Assistant General Manager Jeff Michaluk.
To celebrate and promote this beautiful game and the legacy it carries, Anishinabe Baagaadowewin is establishing a team comprised of young male Anishinaabe players to represent the nation at the upcoming 2021 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 8-14, 2021.
ABOUT ANISHINABE BAAGAADOWEWIN
Anishinabe Baagaadowewin is a non-profit corporation founded in 2019. Anishinabe Baagaadowewin will represent the peoples of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodawdmi) known as the Anishinabeg in international lacrosse competition. Anishinabe Baagaadowewin seeks to revive the ancient lacrosse tradition of the Anishinabe peoples by growing the game in Anishinabe communities lacrosse Canada and the US, visit www.anishinabebaagaadowewin.org for more information.