Merrimack Assists Operation Baggataway

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Merrimack College partook in Operation Baggataway recently, an initiative aimed at donating lacrosse equipment military bases overseas for recreational use by members of the military.

The Warriors shipped over enough gear suitable for a small team, with equipment that ranged from helmets, pairs of gloves, three full equipment bags, sticks, protective pads and gear, as well as many other forms of lacrosse gear.

Founded by SUNY Maritime back in 2009, Operation Baggataway is based off the original name given to the Iroquois game that the modern game of lacrosse is based on. Operation Baggataway is a charitable organization that takes donated used lacrosse equipment and sends it overseas to servicemen and women who want to be able to play lacrosse in their downtime. The soldiers also use the equipment to host lacrosse clinics with the local people to foster positive relationships.

The group got started in the fall of 2009, when founding members Thomas Boyle and Kevin Kaffl read an article in an issue of Lacrosse magazine that highlighted the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and his background in the sport. The Ambassador started a grassroots movement within the embassy to start a team, the Baghdad Rhinos. After seeing this, Kaffl and Boyle worked with the North Shore Lacrosse Club of Glen Head, N.Y., to get equipment together to send to the newly formed Rhinos.

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