Madonna University (NAIA MI) Adds Lacrosse

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University President Michael Grandillo announced today (August 12) that the University will be expanding its intercollegiate athletics program by eight sports, bringing the Crusaders' roster to 19 teams.

Madonna will add:
• men's and women's bowling
• men's and women's lacrosse
• men's and women's indoor track and field
• men's and women's outdoor track and field

 According to President Grandillo the addition of these sports will increase enrollment, while enhancing the sense of community on campus. "I look forward to working with our fine athletics staff and coaches to build upon their winning ways, as we provide greater opportunities for students to compete in the sports they love, while they pursue their academic goals," said Grandillo. "Participation in athletics and student organizations enriches the college experience, which is why we are proud to offer Madonna students more choices for learning outside the classroom." Madonna University competes in the 12-school Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The addition of these eight sports marks the first new teams added at Madonna since 2005, when men's and women's cross country brought the total to 11 teams.

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MLL Expands to Atlanta

ATLANTA (August 7, 2015) -Major League Lacrosse Commissioner David Gross today announced the addition of the league's ninth and newest team, the Atlanta Blaze. Based in Kennesaw, Georgia, the Atlanta Blaze will join MLL league play in the 2016 season.

 "We are thrilled to welcome the Atlanta Blaze into MLL. This is a market we've spent quite a bit of time in over the past few years and know the fans are hungry for professional lacrosse," said Gross, commissioner of the MLL. "We are sure they are going to love watching the Atlanta Blaze play." In a press conference on Friday, Gross and team executives announced the new name, Blaze logo, ownership structure and commitment to bring the best lacrosse to Atlanta. In addition, the team announced a plan for free home-game tickets for all local firefighters.

 "Given the success of last year's MLL Championship and the tremendous amount of growth around lacrosse in the region - there is a lot of excitement around the sport in Atlanta right now," said Dan Corso, executive director of the Atlanta Sports Council. "We look forward to working with our great partners around the community and MLL, to support the new Atlanta team and help them get acclimated to their new home."

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