Fundraising Efforts Will Benefit Downie Wenjack Fund
Oakville, ON – The Toronto Rock will host Indigenous Heritage Night on Saturday when they take on the Albany FireWolves at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON in National Lacrosse League action.
The game will be broadcast from coast to coast nationally on TSN4 and streamed on TSN+ at 7pm ET.
The jerseys are a sequel to last year’s Indigenous Heritage Night jerseys that were designed by Indigenous Artist Tracey Anthony of Vision Artworks from Six Nations, ON. The jerseys, shorts and helmets that will be worn in the game are currently up for auction with bids closing on Tuesday, March 14 at 8pm ET.
Indigenous Heritage Night will honour the roots of the game of lacrosse and will celebrate many aspects of Indigenous culture.
Prior to the game and at halftime, Haudenosaunee Dancers will perform traditional style dances. Just prior to faceoff, captains from both teams will participate in a traditional smudging ceremony. Also at halftime, both men and women will participate in a Wooden Stick Game. Prior to the game, Wahta Mohawk children will recite the Great Lacrosse Game for the fans in Rock City.
There will also be several stops around the concourse for fans on Saturday:
Indigenous Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario: Section 101 – Information about ISWO programs and services
City of Hamilton Indigenous Relations: Section 103/104 – Information on the Hamilton Urban Indigenous Strategy
Haudenosaunee Lacrosse/Daniel Henhawk Stick Display: Section 112 – Wooden stick display and information on Haudenosaunee Lacrosse
Wahta Mohawks: Section 114- Information on services provided and a historical display of lacrosse
Downie Wenjack Fund: Section 114- Banners and information cards outlining the foundation with merchandise for sale raising funds for the Downie Wenjack Foundation
Six Nations Tourism: Section 117 – Maps and discover guides that outline Six Nations businesses as well as cultural pieces on display
Six Nations Minor Lacrosse: Section 116 – Selling balls for the postgame Ball Toss to raise funds for local lacrosse
Funds raised through the generous third-party supporters of the Downie Wenjack Fund will support their programs, such as the Legacy Schools Program – a free national initiative to engage, empower and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education, and action. More than 6,900 educators and 5,600 schools from every province and territory, including several in the Hamilton area, are registered in the program, accessing free educational tools and resources to confidently teach students the true history and ensure Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, traditions, and rights are represented in the classroom.
Tickets for Saturday’s game against Albany at FirstOntario Centre are still available.
For more information on Toronto Rock tickets, please contact a Toronto Rock account executive by phone at 416-596-3075, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit torontorock.com.