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Update from Georgia Swarm President/Co-Owner Andy Arlotta

May 29, 2020 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Georgia Swarm News Release

Georgia Swarm Native Heritage Night
Georgia Swarm Native Heritage Night
(Georgia Swarm)

Dear Swarm Fan,

I cannot stress enough how important honoring the history of our great sport is to the Swarm organization. We celebrate the cultural sport of Indigenous People's every day as a front office and team, but one game a year, we pull out all the stops in partnership with our largest and longest partner, Harrah's Cherokee Casino and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, for a Native Heritage Night.

During this night, we open our doors early for fans to come and learn more about the sport of lacrosse and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Craft demonstrators and vendors line the concourse and have healthy and informative dialogues with fans. The Native players on the Swarm - we've had five or more such players on the team every season - hold an educational seminar to talk about how lacrosse has led them down their life's path and answer fan questions. A storyteller follows them with educational stories about Cherokee culture, along with Warrior Dancers and Miss Cherokee Royalties. The youngest of the Miss Cherokee Royalties performs the Cherokee National Anthem before the game, and we recognize the members of our team and our opponents' who are part of the Indigenous Peoples with a ceremonial ball drop.

It's a wonderful night, and unfortunately, we were not able to celebrate it this season before the final third of our season was suspended due to COVID-19.

But this night is too important to us, and we teamed up with the Native players on the Swarm -Brendan Bomberry, Zach Miller, Randy Staats, Kason Tarbell, Lyle Thompson, Miles Thompson, and Zed Williams - and Harrah's Cherokee Casino and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to hold a Virtual Native Heritage Night on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Our players made an educational video talking about their heritage and how lacrosse has aided them in their lives, and Lyle Thompson - arguably the best lacrosse player on the planet - will host an Instagram Live session on the Georgia Swarm's Instagram account. He'll be joined by a very special guest, Richard G. Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and they'll discuss their respective tribes and cultural sports.

I encourage all of you to see the special Instagram Live session with Lyle Thompson and Chief Sneed and use it to learn more about our wonderful sport and partners.

We'll also be holding a special giveaway for the Swarm's Cherokee-themed jersey from our 2018 season. The jersey features a custom design from my father, John Arlotta, and recognizes the Cherokee's cultural sport of stickball. In the circular logo on the front of the uniform, the letters for "Cherokee" - ᏣᎳᎩ (pronounced Tsa-la-gi) - are proudly displayed.

We can't wait for this night, and to learn more details and to register to win this incredible jersey, please visit for more information.

Our players are using this time to better themselves in a myriad of ways - to be better communicators, learn a new language or skill, take care of themselves physically, etc. They are making the best of life without lacrosse, showcasing that we're never too old to learn something new. Next Wednesday will be an opportunity for everyone to learn something new about lacrosse, Indigenous Peoples, their diverse cultures, and our players.

Until this special celebration, stay safe, strong, and healthy.

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Georgia Swarm Native Heritage Night
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