Joint Press Release from the Swarm, Rush and NLL
The power of sport. Any sport, and any team, at any level, is capable of bringing people together to create unity and strength. The Humboldt Broncos are a source of pride for the community of Humboldt, the province of Saskatchewan, and the entire sports world. We must remain together as one, continuing to provide comfort and support to all who have been affected. Let us celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us, and fight for those who still battle for their lives.
This Saturday, April 14, the Saskatchewan Rush and Georgia Swarm will be coming together as one to honor the Humboldt Broncos. Both teams will be wearing jerseys slightly altered from what is usually worn, with Broncos patches on the chest of all jerseys. Rush jersey name plates will feature the word Humboldt, while Swarm jersey name plates will feature the word Broncos. The jerseys will be revealed Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. ET on Saskatchewan Rush, Georgia Swarm, and National Lacrosse League media platforms.
Beginning Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. ET, all jerseys from both teams will be available for auction on the NLL.com/Humboldt (the page will go live April 14).The auction will end on Saturday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET, with 100% of the funds raised being donated to the Humboldt Broncos community.
“Our organization was deeply saddened by the tragic accident in the Humboldt community,” Swarm Co-Owner and President Andy Arlotta said. “Alongside the Rush this Saturday, we will be playing with heavy hearts as we honor the lives that were lost last week. In an effort to help raise funds for the victims’ families, we are honored to wear special Humboldt jerseys this weekend. We encourage all of our fans to participate in the online jersey auction as a way to help the families during this difficult time.”
In addition to jerseys, rink boards at SaskTel Centre this Saturday will feature names of all those who were on the Broncos team bus April 6. For fans attending the game, the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association will be donating 50/50 proceeds to the Humboldt Broncos community.
“We thank the Arlotta family, the Swarm organization, and the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association for their willingness to participate in something that is really far more significant than our game this coming Saturday,” said Rush Owner Bruce Urban. “There remains an overwhelming amount of pain in our province this week, and we still struggle to find the words. However, the Saskatchewan Rush organization will continue to do everything possible to support the Humboldt Broncos community during this time.”
This Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Twitter as the NLL Twitter Game of the Week. Fans who are unable to attend the game, are encouraged to watch and participate in the online jersey auction.