Long before lacrosse was played by today's athletes, the local Native American Abenaki tribe played lacrosse in “OWASCOAG, the land of tall grass” which is the area we now call Scarborough.
The Abenaki's word NICHEMIS translates as "Little Brother", "Little Sister" or "Younger than I"
NICHEMIS is embraced as a tribute to the “Creators Game” and to the history of the game of lacrosse.
We teach the NICHEMIS philosophy to all our players expecting that they will learn they have an opportunity and responsibility to give back their knowledge, enthusiasm, and lessons learned from the game to younger players.
The spirit of NICHEMIS:
giving time and effort selflessly to others
giving back to the community and the game of lacrosse
being role models and mentors to younger players
NICHEMIS in action in Scarborough:
Graduates of the program coming back to coach teams:
Current coaches Zac Barrett, Gaelan Bayley, Nate McLellan, Eric Payne, Nick Prince, Shane Swinburn, Stephanie Messer Leonhartt and growing every year!
Former Players currently in college reaching back to assist teams:
Connor Worthing, Cam Nigro, Cam Thibault, Kaitlin Prince, Hannah St. Germain, Maddie York, Liz Callahan, and many more.
Current Red Storm High School Players:
Our high school coaches and athletes take great joy in attending, leading, and engaging their “little brothers and little sisters” at SYL Kick off, Learn to Lax, youth practices and games. They do it not because they are told to, but because want to - NICHEMIS
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