Professional lacrosse season begins as sport leaders eye 2028 Los Angeles Olympics

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Premier Lacrosse League star Lyle Thompson signs autographs after a scrum on May 31, 2022 at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, NY. World Lacrosse, the sport’s international governing body, is proposing to include Native American sport in the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. Thompson, 29, is from the Onondaga Nation outside of Syracuse, Wash. New York, and played in college for the Albany Great Danes, setting the national career scoring record and twice winning the Tewaaraton Award given annually to the top male and female college players. Participating in the Olympic Games would make a dream come true. (AP Photo/John Kekis)PA

Albany, NY – Paul Rabil had a dream that went beyond the Premier Lacrosse League he founded with his brother Mike four years ago. His passion was to take Native American sport to new heights with a view to returning it to the Olympics for the first time in over seven decades.

“It was part of our early presentation material – that on the horizon there was a possibility of lacrosse being in the Olympics,” said Paul Rabil. “It’s something that sports leaders have been working on for the better part of the past two decades. There’s just a lot of organization that needs to take place. More importantly, there is excellent leadership. We are in good hands.

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