I was generally an above average athlete all of my life, but not great. As time evolved and my physical development and athletic career played out approaching high school, this did not change in other sports pursuits, but something about lacrosse drew me in that drove me to put in the work and love necessary to be better that just above average.
That started with never going anywhere without my stick, even sleeping with it. An absentminded kid prone to misplacing things, I never misplaced my stick. I would walk around the house cradling, throwing fakes, and doing stick tricks, which unbeknownst to me at the time, would contribute to my comfort with a lacrosse stick. By my freshman year of high school, to present day, I can honestly say that I can throw more accurately and comfortably with my lacrosse stick than I can my hand.
Growing up, I also fell in love with the sport of surfing, which I also still enjoy to this day. While I was unable to do it often enough to get good enough to consider surfing competitively, I loved it nonetheless and still do. Lacrosse on the other hand was at my disposal in the town I grew up in to take as far as I intended and had the ability to. What is it that lacrosse and surfing have in common that drew me to each?
Life surfing that was invented by indigenous people of the South Pacific, lacrosse was invented and played by the indigenous Native Americans. Like the Polynesians that viewed surfing as a divine gift from the gods, Native Americans originally called lacrosse the Creator’s Game.
This spiritual connection to each pursuit are part of what makes each special. For Americans and Canadians who love the game of lacrosse and have the privilege of playing the Creator’s Game, we feel a deference and love for the Native Americans who played the game long before Europeans ever set foot here.
I dedicate this blog to the ancients that had the wisdom and sense to start the game, and to the Creator for the privilege and joy of playing it.
I hope you enjoy my new blog…I live and breathe the game of lacrosse!
Dr. Roger Welton was a 4 year starter for Montclair State University and was selected as a First Team All Knickerbocker Conference Midfielder in 1995, 1996. He is the founder of the Viera-Suntree Lacrosse Club and Space Coast Elite Lacrosse Club in Brevard County, Florida.