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Del-Val Friends hosting English lacrosse team
Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 3:01 AM
The British are coming to Paoli on Saturday. And theyre staying for two days.
The Delaware Valley Friends girls lacrosse team will host the team from Heathfield School, an all-girls boarding academy 25 minutes west of London, in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. Saturday. Afterward, certain Dragons players will each take two visitors home to stay with their families and experience Philadelphia.
The visit was spearheaded by Del-Val Friends athletic department.
"I spoke to [Heathfields] athletic director and said we could host them for two days," Del-Val Friends AD Jalal Rhamirich said. "That way, we could exchange the cultures."
Exposure to other cultures is a big goal at Del-Val Friends, the only Quaker school in the Philadelphia area structured for students with language-related learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. Recent programs have sent students to locales such as Jordan, Italy, and Spain, and there is a trip to India planned.
"The idea is to enhance their learning and global awareness and just travel," Rhamirich said.
That goal is shared by their visitors from across the pond.
Heathfield arrived in Washington earlier this week and, after taking in sights in the nations capital, headed to Baltimore. There, they visited the Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Johns Hopkins campus, for a bit of history.
Lacrosse is traditionally an American sport, with its roots tracing to the Iroquois. But England, which will host the next Federation of International Lacrosse Womens World Cup in 2017, has a role in that history, as well. The three strongest lacrosse programs - United States, Australia, and Canada - trace their roots back there.
At the 2013 Womens World Cup, in Oshawa, Ontario, the Americans won gold, Canada took silver, and Australia earned bronze. England placed fourth.
But this trip is about more than, as the British call it, sport.
"They speak the same language, but they think differently," Rhamirich said. "So [Del-Vals players] are thrilled, especially to have a look at a different culture."
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