Could I Cover The Olympics? Maybe With Your Help

Sorry for this little bit of shameless self promotion.

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) has a contest called the Journalism Dream Contest. They are encouraging people to submit a written article, or a picture, for a chance to be selected to attend and cover the Olympics in Vancouver.

I have entered a condensed version of an article about the brawl in this year’s Mann Cup from BC. The hope is that I can get enough votes to be considered by the judges as a finalist and then they decide from the top vote getters.

The link to my story is below, and you can vote once every day until November 22nd. It does require you to register, but if you can take the few minutes to do so and try to vote (every day), who knows, I might just be able to cover the Olympics in 2010. Here is the link…

http://journalismdream.theglobeandmail.com/entry_article.asp?id=273

Thanks everyone.

Gary

Lacrosse Program Looking For Instructor (Oshawa)

The City of Oshawa will be running a fun lacrosse program this summer at the Northview Community Center in Oshawa, Ontario. And they are looking for an instructor.

The program will run 4 Saturday’s in July (July 4-25) and 4 Saturday’s in August (August 8-29). The program is from 9:15 – 10:15 AM. The instructor would have to arrive at 9:00 for set-up and would be done by 10:30. They would get paid $23.40 per session. This is a non-competitive program.

If you are interested in helping out or attending the program, please email Teresa Van Veghel at  TVanVeghel@oshawa.ca .

Truly Lacrosse Cares – 2009 Marathon Game

The spirit of lacrosse will be put to the test on Friday April 24, and Saturday April 25, 2009, when a group of lacrosse players will play in the longest indoor lacrosse game ever at 30 hours. The game will take place in Whitby, Ontario Canada at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex. It will begin at 12:00pm on Friday and will finish at 6:00pm on Saturday.

Presented by members of Lacrosse Inside The Game, the group comprised mainly of citizens of Whitby, Oshawa, and surrounding towns will organize and play in the marathon game, with all of the proceeds benefitting the Children’s Wish Foundation. Game participants and volunteers are welcome from all across Ontario. This game is in response to the challenge put forth in June 2008 by the Aurora Masters Lacrosse Association, with their DOVE (Determined to Oppose Violence Everywhere) effort.

The Children’s Wish Foundation was formed in 1983, on the kitchen table of an inspired and committed volunteer, named Laura Cole, and has blossomed into a national organization with chapters in every province in Canada. From humble beginnings granting fewer than 20 wishes a year The Foundation has established the capacity to fulfill upwards of 800 wishes annually.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada grant wishes to children with high-risk life-threatening illnesses, and have never denied an eligible child a wish, having fulfilled some of the most complex wishes imaginable.

“We are delighted to be the recipients of the generosity of this spectacular event”, said Sandra Hancox; Director of the Children’s Wish Ontario Chapter. “We look forward to working with these great volunteers to make as many wishes come true as possible”.

Lacrosse Inside The Game (LITG) is an organization, founded in 2006 aimed at promoting Canada’s National Sport. LITG runs a Co-Ed Masters Adult Lacrosse League each year in Whitby. Proceeds from the league are used to sponsor children to play lacrosse in the Durham Region area.

“I have always truly believed in helping our youth and young children”, said Gary Mark, LITG Founder. “But to be able to assist the Children’s Wish, in all of the incredible work that they do for children, I know will be something very special for all of the great lacrosse people in this area.”

The game will also feature a Legends Lacrosse Game featuring players from the Brooklin Redmen and the Peterborough Lakers. There are even plans to include members of the National Lacrosse League playing in the event.

Information on the event will be constantly updated at www.lacrosseinsidethegame.com,as well as http://tlclax.wordpress.com. Player registrations, sponsorship forms, and more are available on this site under the Forms link at the top of this page.

Gary Mark – gmark@lacrosseinsidethegame.com
Sandra Hancox – Sandra.Hancox@childrenswish.ca

The Toronto Tinmen Lacrosse Club

It isn’t very often we all get a chance to support those that really support us every day. Please consider this opportunity to do so below.

Marksy

The Toronto Police Tinmen Lacrosse Club is a lacrosse team made up of police officers and firefighters from the Greater Toronto Area.

The Tinmen will be participating in the World Police and Fire Games in B.C. next year. Participants travel from around the world to compete in this massive sporting event.

We have scheduled a fund-raising evening at The Wing Shack in Whitby on Friday October 3rd, 2008. Please go to http://www.thewingshack.ca and click on “fund-raisers” for further info.

The tickets are $10 each and are good for 1 lb of wings on the evening of the event only. Tickets must be purchased in advance; there are no ticket sales at the door. There will also be a silent auction and raffles for some great gifts.

The site for the games can e foind at www.2009wpfg.ca

Thank you for supporting the Toronto Tinmen Lacrosse Club.

PC David Sawyer #8361
Toronto Police Service
43 Division CRU
(416) 808-4323 (work)

LITG Survey

You know I hate being asked to take surveys just as much as anyone else. But in trying to figure out how to take LITG to new levels I need to get feedback from you the reader on what is working and what needs work.

So please take a few minutes (it’s only 10 questions) and let me know your thoughts. I will be randomly selecting complete responses and giving them a T-Shirt for their time. You could be a winner.

Thanks for your time and as always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email me at gmark@lacrosseinsidethegame.com.

To take the survey, just follow the link at the top of the page.

Oh Canada, Help A Lacrosse Guy Out Would You?

A friend of mine and an all round great guy needs a little bit of our help. For those that have heard, “Hockey Night In Canada” is holding a competition for a new intro to their Saturday night games.

Dan Clancy (http://danclancy.com/) is the lead singer of the Canadian Super group Lighthouse. Dan also has played and supported the game of lacrosse for many, many years. Many Toronto Rock fans might remember Dan as the voice of the National anthem at Rock games in the glory years.

But for Dan, the microphone has proven to be a much better tool than the lacrosse stick was (maybe just a little). Dan has sent in two entries to the contest and is looking for our support to help him win. I’ve pasted below two links to the two different entries that Dan sent in.

I’ve listened to both and will comment that I think both are very cool. The first is a rocky number while the second is strictly instrumental. I have to say that while I was listening to the instrumental I had visions of me blazing down the ice, with the long hair flowing, and scoring a goal (it is very up tempo, almost inspirational if you will). Hey, I guy can dream can’t he (about the ability and the hair)?

In any case, please check these two entries out and support Dan.

Dan Clancy Entry One

Dan Clancy Entry Two

Best of luck Dan.

Marksy

Help Get A Kid In The Game, Jordan Moxam Memorial Golf Classic

The message below was received from Tom Moxam, who runs a great organization that helps kids play lacrosse and hockey.

We are pleased to announce that perennial all-star lacrosse player & long-time captain of the Toronto Rock, Jim Veltman, will be the special guest speaker at the ‘08 Jordan Moxam Memorial golf classic.

The Jordan Moxam Memorial golf classic raises funds to provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to play hockey and lacrosse. This year’s tournament will be held Saturday, September 27 at Deerfield golf club in Oakville. This is a great opportunity to help “Get a Kid in the Game”, and hear Jim Veltmans remarkable story.

How can you help?

There are still openings for a limited number of foursomes and individual golfers. We are in need of silent auction items such as sporting event tickets, hockey or lacrosse equipment, electronic items, restaurant certificates. There also limited number of all sponsorships available.

If you would like to golf or help us out with the sponsorship or silent auction item, please call 905-689-3064, email dmoxam@cogeco.ca or go to www.moxam.org for additional information.

Thanks for your support, let’s all work together to get a kid in the game.

About Jim Veltman

Jim played for the Toronto Rock, the Ontario Raiders, and the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League. During his career he won 8 NLL championships, three with the Buffalo Bandits and then five more with the Rock, where he was captain for ten seasons.

Jim also won the Mann cup 4 times and was captain of the 2003 Canadian team that won the World Championships.

Jim led the National Lacrosse League in loose balls in 14 out of the 16 seasons he played, earning him the nickname “Scoop”. He was the first recipient of the National Lacrosse League Sportsmanship
Award in 2002, and was named league MVP in 2004

About Jordan Moxam Memorial Programs

The Jordan Moxam Memorial programs were started in 2004 after our 12 year old son Jordan passed away after a 20 month battle with cancer. Besides being a caring and giving person Jordan was a hockey and lacrosse enthusiast. In honor of his memory and help those less fortunate the Jordan Moxam Memorial programs were started.

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