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FIL Awards 2015 WILC to Haudenosaunee Nation

(TORONTO, ONT) Stan Cockerton, President of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is delighted to announce that the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC) has been awarded to the Haudenosaunee Nation.

The Championship, which takes place every four years, will be held in Syracuse and Buffalo, New York from September 18-26, 2015.

From left to right: Iroquois Nationals GM Gewas Schindler, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs Baye Muhammed, Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, Assistant Director of Native Student Program at Syracuse University Neal Powless, Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau President David Holder, and Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s Director Jack Emmer.

Oren Lyons, Onondaga Faithkeeper.

In making the announcement Cockerton stated: “The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is excited to announce that the Haudenosaunee Nation has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2015 WILC and we are extremely confident that the hosting committee, under the leadership of Neil Powless and Gewas Schindler, will run an event that the FIL and the international lacrosse community will be proud of.”

Oren Lyons, Onondaga Faithkeeper on behalf of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs said, “The Onondaga Nation is extremely proud to host the international lacrosse community and is looking forward to a successful and first-class event. The strength of the Buffalo Bandits organization, coupled with the historical and spiritual significance of hosting the championship on the homelands of the Haudenosaunee people will make this an event to remember.”

2015 WILC Logo

Scott Loffler, Director of Operations of the Buffalo Bandits has this to say: “The Buffalo Bandits are extremely pleased to be selected as host, along with the Onondaga Nation, of the WILC in 2015. As we have seen in the past, the Bandits, Buffalo Sabres, , and the City of Buffalo do an excellent job of putting on world class events. It will be very exciting for our fans to not only see the best lacrosse players in North America, but now they will have the opportunity to see the best indoor lacrosse players in the world.”
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—From FIL Media Release

For more info contact:

Ron Balls, FIL Men’s Competition Chair: ron.balls@worldlacrosse.sport
Gewas Schindler, 2015 Organizing Committee: gewas422002@yahoo.com
Neal Powless, 2015 Organizing Committee: njpowles@syr.edu
Official 2015 FIL WILC Website: wilc2015.com

About the FIL

The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently 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.

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