SATURDAY, JANUARY 13TH AT 7:30PM
Did you know lacrosse was the first ever game played in what is now known as North America? The game was gifted to us by The Creator to drive away sickness and create positive energy. We never forget.
This special game is entwined in our team’s DNA, and we always stay true to our roots. Many members of the Swarm roster share these roots, and their stories shed light on the importance of this sport in their lifelong development as people. Enjoy special pregame and halftime performances from Native groups and a night-long celebration of Indigenous People’s culture.
Doors open earlier than usual this night so all fans have the chance to learn and experience the Native culture. Visit the vendors who traveled from Cherokee, NC and pick up an authentic basket, traditional arts & crafts, or a traditional lacrosse stick.
Head over to Section 100 prior to faceoff for a speaker series and Q&A session lead by our Native players, Warrior Dancers, Miss Cherokees and more! The discussion will be about Native heritage, culture, and other topical issues including the “Every Child Matters” initiative.
- 4 PM ET: Doors open early for all ticketed fans
- 4 PM ET: Early arriving fans will receive a special Shayne Jackson bobblehead giveaway (while supplies last)
- 4:30 PM ET: Native Swarm players lead a discussion and Q&A session with fans about Native heritage, culture, and other topical issues including the “Every Child Matters” initiative. Location: Arena seating bowl section 100 – Swarm representatives will guide fans to seats.
- 4:45 PM ET: Warrior Dancers and a Native Storyteller from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will discuss Native history.
- 5-6 PM ET: Fans in attendance may visit Arts and Craft vendors from various Native reservations throughout the region, attend craft demonstrations, visit the Native Welcome Center and Museum, visit the Swarm Shop, and pick up complimentary Shayne Jackson bobbleheads. Several of the Arena’s food and beverage concessions will be open for fans beginning at 4 pm ET (adjacent to Section 105 on the main concourse level).
- 7:00 PM ET: Dvdaya Swimmer of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to perform the Cherokee Anthem.
- Halftime: Warrior Dancers perform and Cherokee Stickball Players recognized.