COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, USA – World Lacrosse announced today that its member federation 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 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 National Federations and now represents 70 members worldwide.