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The 2011 Iqaluit lacrosse campers.

Lacrosse returns to Iqaluit

November/December 2011

At the close of Iqaluit’s inaugural lacrosse camp in 2010, 25 of Iqaluit’s youth begged Noah Hoselton, the 16-year-old creator of the program, to promise to return for another year. Noah replied that he would do his best. With the help of First Air, the Nepean Knights, Frobisher Inn and Iqaluit’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 168, Noah with his team of instructors was able to fulfill his promise.

Inspired by an ESPN video of teacher Russ Sheppard’s introduction of lacrosse to the teens of Kugluktuk to stem a series of suicides, Noah decided that, if lacrosse was able to save the teens of Kugluktuk, he would introduce the sport to Iqaluit.

This year’s camp was attended by 28 of Iqaluit’s youth ranging in age from four to 16 years old. Noah was accompanied by Junior lacrosse teammates JP Kealey and John Conley.

“The kids were excited by the increased game play this year and were able to connect better with the younger instructors,” explains Noah. “I’m excited to start planning for next year.”

Sadly, this year, another youth in Iqaluit decided to take their life leaving behind deep pain for their family, friends and community.

“We need to keep going back and reaching deeper into the community,” says Noah. “If lacrosse can help one kid, all our efforts will be worth it.”