FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2019
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA — The General Assembly of World Lacrosse has overwhelmingly approved a recommendation from the organization’s Board of Directors to welcome Barbados Lacrosse and Lithuania Lacrosse as the newest members of the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse.
With the addition of Barbados and Lithuania, World Lacrosse now has 65 member-National Governing Bodies around the world — an increase of more than 240 percent since 2002 — and lacrosse continues to be one of the fastest-growing sports globally. In November 2018, World Lacrosse was honored to receive Provisional Recognition from the International Olympic Committee, a designation that is contributing to the global growth of the international federation.
The announcement of Barbados and Lithuania as the newest members of World Lacrosse is being made on the eve of SportAccord Pan America, a regional gathering of sport and business leaders from throughout the Pan American Region, which is taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
In addition to membership in World Lacrosse, the two National Governing Bodies are members of their respective Continental Federations — Barbados Lacrosse with the Pan-American Lacrosse Association (PALA) and Lithuania Lacrosse with the European Lacrosse Federation (ELF).
“We are pleased to welcome Barbados Lacrosse and Lithuania Lacrosse to our growing World Lacrosse family, and we appreciate the support of our General Assembly in approving the membership recommendations,” said World Lacrosse Board of Directors Member and Development Director, Bob DeMarco. “In considering the membership applications from Barbados Lacrosse and Lithuania Lacrosse, it was clear there is a strong commitment in both countries to supporting the growth of lacrosse at every level of the game, from grassroots to elite, and to doing so the right way.
“We also appreciate the support of the Pan American Lacrosse Association and the European Lacrosse Federation and congratulate the leadership of the Continental
Federations for their continued success in expanding opportunities for lacrosse in their respective regions,” added DeMarco.
Media Contact: Darryl Seibel
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.