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National Sport Academy seeking Coach

The National Sport Academy, based in Calgary, Alberta Canada,  is currently seeking a fulltime professional lacrosse coach to work with high performance student athletes both in the classroom and in a training environment.  Our mission statement : “ To inspire passion for the games of sport while developing character for the games of life.”, accurately describes our goal of assisting student athletes explore and achieve their dreams.  This position requires the successful candidate to be working in the box and field lacrosse industry in Calgary, 12 months of the year.

 If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to view a detailed position description; or might know of a suitable candidate we would welcome an opportunity to speak with you further.

 Marlene van Berkel, RPR


National Sport Academy

Phone   403.777.3646

Fax         403.777.4550

The spirit of lacrosse heads to Iqaluit

Noah Hoselton was on YouTube when he got the inspiration to bring lacrosse to the teens of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. One year later, the 16-year-old Ottawa lacrosse player organized Iqaluit's first lacrosse training camp.

The video that caught Hoselton's eye was an eight-minute segment that ran on ESPN in 2007. It told the story of Kugluktuk, a hamlet 2,100 kilometres west of Iqaluit, where teen suicide was epidemic. In one five-month-period, three teenage boys committed suicide in the community of just 1,150.

Then Russ Sheppard arrived.  The teacher from Saskatchewan introduced the sport of lacrosse to the teens of the town.  In exchange, he demanded that participating students improve their efforts in school.

His plan succeeded. The number of teen suicides went down dramatically, while graduation rates went up.

Noah was inspired: "I saw the ESPN video and I said, "Man, that would be a good idea."

Download the PDF below to find out how it went.

Gary Martin

Most fans will remember Gary as an official from the Junior to Major levels and his resume, to his credit, is simply astonishing.  Gary had been involved in the sport of lacrosse in Ontario for over 50 years and had officiated on floor in 24 National and World championships, as well as acted as the RIC for 14 National Championships. 

This past spring, Gary was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and had been undergoing Low Dosed Targeted Chemotherapy. We are very sad to announce the passing of Gary on June 22, 2010.  More information can be found at and donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Ontario Lacrosse Referee Association are being accepted.

Our condolences go out to Gary's family and friends.

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