Poland Returns for Second Consecutive IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship

The 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship opened with a surprising win by Poland when they defeated defending Bronze Medal winners United States by a score of 20-14. However, Poland would go on to lose their remaining three (3) games of the championship. Poland's efforts would not be in vain as participation in the World Juniors has proven to be valuable for the Poland Lacrosse Foundation and the development of lacrosse domestically in Poland. 

"Participating in the 2019 World Juniors has significantly raised the profile of the Poland Lacrosse Foundation, opening the doors for players with Polish decent to get closer to their heritage." Said Christian Dzwilewski Co-Founder Poland Lacrosse Foundation. "Players who were on the 2019 team are now eager to visit Poland and pass their knowledge of box lacrosse on to domestic Polish players." 

Profits generated by the Poland Lacrosse Foundation through Poland's participation in the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship are used to directly support the growth and development of lacrosse Poland. "Our goal is to raise funds to provide local Polish players with the opportunity to travel and play in international events, including future IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championships." Explained Dzwilewski. 

[Photo: 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship, Poland]

Financial contributions by Polish heritage players to compete with Poland at the World Juniors directly contribute to the growth and development of lacrosse in Poland. "Last summer, our players were able to compete at the 2019 ELF Men’s U20 Lacrosse European Championship in Prague, Czech Republic due to the relative inexpensive nature of the tournament." Explained Kyle Plumly President Poland Lacrosse Foundation. "Unfortunately, this summer Poland will not be able to compete at the U19 field lacrosse world championships in Ireland due to Polish players simply not being able to afford flights, rooms, or board." Added Plumly of the obstacles domestic Polish players face when playing internationally. "Events like the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship and the ability to include heritage players who qualify help our fundraising efforts and directly benefit players in Poland."  

Interest to Participate

Poland returns for their second consecutive IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship. In preparation for the 2020 World Juniors in Winnipeg management, staff, and players have a deeper understanding of what is at play in representing the crowned white eagle of 'Polska' across your chests. "Interest to play and to visit Poland has skyrocketed since last year's World Juniors." Said Dzwilewski beaming with excitement. 

The mission of the Poland Lacrosse Foundation is to develop the sport of lacrosse throughout the country of Poland for both men and women of all age levels. We strive to increase the level of involvement and skill in Poland through our Men’s and Women’s Polish Heritage Teams, events, and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the Poland Lacrosse Foundation please visit their website www.polandlacrosse.org (click).