10 Days for 10 Sticks

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Alex Alviar
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If you read this week's cover story, you'll be introduced to Alex Alviar, founder of the 10Sticks program that is looking to grow the sport of lacrosse among Montana's Native American reservations. The program has an immediate goal: sending four members of Montana’s only Native American lacrosse team on a pilgrimage to the Six Nations of Iroquois Confederacy. To reach that goal, they've launched a 10-day crowd-funding rally called Ten Days for Ten Sticks.

The four representatives who travel to what Alviar calls the “motherland of lacrosse” will spend time with members of the tribe that is widely considered to be the progenitors of modern lacrosse. The boys will attend clinics and compete on the field with Iroquois players.

“Funds will also support phase one of a short documentary film that captures the stories of the first ten teenage boys from the Flathead Indian Reservation who have stepped forward to bring this traditional Native game to the kids in their community,” says Alviar.

Contributors can receive unique traditional Native game sets that are harvested and hand carved by the players and community members. 

Ten Sticks players will also attend the River Honoring 2013, where they will introduce the game to hundreds of fourth graders from all over the reservation. If enough money is raised, Alviar also hopes to send the full 10Sticks team to the State Championships in Bozeman.

Learn more at the 10Sticks website.

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