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SEP 2016

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September 2016 42 t SPORT Report At the Rio Olympics in August, one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States was noticeably absent. But maybe not for long. The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is formally applying to the Internation- al Olympic Committee for recognition and could know by the end of the year if the sport has been accepted, according to US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body. FIL has an Olympic vision committee in place to raise funds necessary to return lacrosse to the Olympics. It was an Olympic sport in 1904 and 1908 and a demonstration sport in 1928, 1932 and 1948. Nearly 750,000 players participated in lacrosse on organized teams in 2013, accord- ing to US Lacrosse, an increase of nearly 25,000 players from the year before. While more than half of those players compete at the youth level (age 15 and below), every segment of the game shows growth patterns. From 2009-2014, 551 high schools added boys' programs and 556 added girls' pro- grams, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. At the collegiate level, 39 schools added lacrosse programs in 2014, 42 in 2015 and 29 in 2016, including NCAA Division I teams. The number of college women's teams more than doubled from 225 to 470 in a 10-year period, US Lacrosse reported. It is easy to understand the growth. A team fields 12 players with a minimum amount of equipment on a field similar to soccer. As with soccer, lacrosse requires speed, power, agility and strategy. An early form of lacrosse dates back ► BY TAMMY LEYTHAM Enjoying High Growth LACROSSE City City of Rock Hill, SC of City of Rock Hill, SC Rock City of Rock Hill, SC Hill City of Rock Hill, SC SC City of Rock Hill, SC Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, SC has hosted lacrosse competitions since 2010 and hosts four to five lacrosse events each year.

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