September 10, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA – World Lacrosse (WL) is announcing today that its member-National Governing Body in Greece, is being elevated to Full Member status with the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse.

“The recognition of Greece Lacrosse (GLA) by World Lacrosse has been a hard-fought battle worth every ounce of the tremendous effort it took to make it so,” said Greece  Lacrosse President Anthony Katagas “This confirmation is a tremendous source of pride for our combination of forces and the countless colleagues who have helped us achieve this incredible milestone.”

The recommendation to elevate the Greece to Full Member was made by the World Lacrosse Development Committee and approved by unanimous vote of the WL Board of Directors on Tuesday.  “The elevation of Greece Lacrosse to full membership is a testament to the efforts they have made to operating a first-class organization. Full member status will only propel their efforts in development further” said Bob DeMarco, World Lacrosse Development Director and Board of Directors member.

As a Full Member, Greece is eligible to have a voting delegate participate in the annual World Lacrosse General Assembly. In addition, National Teams representing Greece are now eligible to advance to the championship bracket and win medals in all WL World Championship events.

“And so, the good work continues … integrating lacrosse into physical education curricula in schools across Greece, teaching adults the game through coaching seminars, and sponsoring events that capture the enthusiasm of young athletes to help us grow this game we love as a (now) legitimate part of the international community,” said Greece Lacrosse Vice President Cathy Samaras.

Emblematic of the rapid growth of lacrosse around the globe, during the last 24 months (October 2019-August 2021) World Lacrosse has welcomed seven new member-National Governing Bodies and now represents 70 member-NGBs worldwide.

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About World Lacrosse

World Lacrosse is the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the sport internationally while supporting the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide. In November 2018, World Lacrosse was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The President of World Lacrosse is Sue Redfern of England.