Weekly Update from Georgia Swarm President/Co-Owner Andy Arlotta
Dear Swarm Fan,
As we embark on one of the most challenging weeks of this pandemic, I harken back to the words of 17th-century theologian and historian Thomas Fuller: "It's always darkest just before the dawn." Fuller's sage words could not be more relevant than in the coming few weeks.
We at the Swarm are optimists, always looking for the double-rainbow on the outskirts of the thunderstorm.
Sports will be back in time. Its absence has underscored how important games and competition are to the American (and global) psyche. We've all missed the original game of lacrosse, and its return will be nothing short of glorious.
As always, I'm hoping you and your family are taking all possible measures to stay safe and healthy in the face of this pandemic. These next couple of weeks in Georgia and throughout North America, by most predictions, promise to be the most challenging in the past century. But we as a city, a nation, a people - are strong and resilient. Together we'll get through this.
As you may have seen, earlier today our League formally canceled the remaining home games for the 2019-20 regular season. The NLL and its 13 franchises have and will continue to put the health and safety of fans, sponsors, players, coaches, and staff at the forefront of their priorities.
The Swarm had three regular season games scheduled (3/27, 4/11, 4/19) that will not be played. Thus we officially finish the regular season with a 7-5 record, just 1.5 games behind East Division leading New England. Had a couple more close games gone our way, including arguably the most exciting game of the entire NLL season , we would be sitting firmly on top of the East. That said, I'm extremely proud of the team we fielded this year, the leadership, the young talent, and our prospects for the future. My Dad and I have always looked at the Swarm as a long-term proposition, built on seriously contending each year. That outlook and commitment will never waver.
As I alluded to last week, the League and its member clubs continue to have discussions about next steps, but it's premature to speculate on how and when play will resume. But here's what I do know: it will resume, and it will resume stronger than ever.
The remaining three home games, as noted above, have been officially canceled by the League. Sting City Members and fans who purchased single game tickets who have questions about their tickets to the three canceled regular-season home games may reach out to a Georgia Swarm ticket representative at 1-844-4GASWARM or email [email protected]
As we all find silver linings in our day-to-day life, Swarm staffers, players, and coaches continue to churn out tons of content to keep you engaged with our incredible sport. Below are some current and upcoming features you don't want to miss:
In Transition: Mike Poulin - Our incredible goaltender has been having lots of fun on social media, and our League (the NLL) has taken notice by featuring Mike in their latest version of "In Transition" with host Devan Kaney. Mike issues a "Stay At Home Challenge" to fans sheltering in place and even has a grand prize up for grabs!
Zoom Wallpapers - Finding yourself on a lot of Zoom conference calls for work or your child's scholastic distance learning? Well, instead of your living room or home office serving as a backdrop, why not spice it up with the backdrop of the Swarm home field or the inside of our locker room?
SwarmFit - Next week we'll be launching a fitness series aimed at fans of all ages and fitness levels. You can take part in our daily fitness challenges and get regular video fitness tips from the Swarm's strength and conditioning coach as well as several Swarm players.
Follow Us - Please follow us on your favorite social media channel, as we'll be interacting with fans and providing daily behind-the-scenes glimpses of the lives of Swarm players and coaches. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
Members of my staff and I have had so many incredible conversations with fans and partners the past few weeks. We at the Swarm are constantly asking how we can help during these trying times. Lending assistance to each other is how we'll all emerge from this crisis better and stronger than before. Below are this week's thoughts and inspirational anecdotes as we all work through these surreal times together:
Mark Zinno: Swarm Play-by-Play Announcer and Lieutenant Colonel - You know his voice and his face, but you may not have known he's a front-line hero in the Georgia Army National Guard helping battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Read an exclusive Q&A with this amazing man who's working tirelessly to flatten the curve.
Marlow's Cook At Home - During the season, Marlow's on Sugarloaf Parkway partners with the Swarm and provides delicious meals for players and staff. Their food is delectable, and now they've altered their menu to offer "Cook At Home" meals you can prepare using their finest ingredients, all conveniently measured and packaged. Just order, pick up curbside, and get cooking! (Cook At Home options can be found about halfway down the menu... be sure to scroll after clicking the link!)
Put Down Your Apron - If you'd prefer to leave the cooking to others, Frankie's The Steakhouse is offering a special Easter Sunday menu, allowing you to pre-order a full-course spread and pick everything up curbside. Let Frankie's do the cooking this weekend!
The need for blood continues as we enter the steepest part of the COVID-19 curve. If you are healthy and able, please consider donating blood. Visit the RedCross.Org site to find a blood donation center near you.
Some uplifting news on Marist High School freshman lacrosse player Devon Corbett, the young man I spoke about last week who is recovering from a very serious skiing accident. Devon is back in Atlanta at a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta rehabilitation center and showing promising progress. To follow his evolving inspirational story and to wish him well, please visit Devon's Instagram page. You remain in our thoughts and prayers, Devon. #DevStrong
To all our fans, I'll say it again. Normal will once again return to normal. Keep your chin up. Some day in the not-too-distant future, we'll be crouching for a face-off at Sting City once more.
Stay safe, strong, and healthy.
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National Lacrosse League Stories from April 8, 2020
- Weekly Update from Georgia Swarm President/Co-Owner Andy Arlotta - Georgia Swarm
- FAQ for Bandits Ticket Holders - Buffalo Bandits
- Wings Issue Statement on NLL Season Cancellation - Philadelphia Wings
- National Lacrosse League Announces Cancellation of Remaining Regular Season Games - Georgia Swarm
- Riptide Inaugural Season over as National Lacrosse League Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Regular Season - New York Riptide
- National Lacrosse League Cancels Remainder of 2019-2020 Regular Season - Halifax Thunderbirds
- National Lacrosse League Announces Cancellation of Remaining Regular Season Games - NLL
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