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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Office of University Communications                                  

Contact: Kim Betton, (202) 238-2332

MEN’S LACROSSE AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY MAKES HISTORY

(Washington, DC - May 5, 2005) - The first ever lacrosse game between two historically black colleges takes place on Saturday, May 7, 2005, 6:00 p.m., at Howard University’s Greene Stadium.

Howard University’s Ebony Storm will face off against Blax Lax Bears, which will become Morgan State’s club team in 2006.  Ebony Storm is currently the only African American collegiate lacrosse team in existence in the United States.   

“This final game of the season is the most significant,” said Duane Milton, head coach, Ebony Storm.  “It’s been a positive learning experience for the entire team. This game is a prelude to bigger and better opportunities for our students and the game of lacrosse. Howard University is the leader in global diversity and the lacrosse team fits into that category.  We are opening the doors for more African Americans to play the game.”

“As a former player for the lacrosse team at Morgan State and a former lacrosse coach at Howard University, I see the significance for this game as being important for players not only in college but for the younger players also.  This game will have a significant impact on the entire lacrosse world,” said Donnie Brown, executive board member of US Lacrosse BRIDGE Committee. 

 Ebony Storm is a charter member of the National College Lacrosse League (NCLL). The team was re-established in spring 2004.  Ebony Storm competes in the Capital division of the (NCLL) which includes Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, University of Maryland and Frostburg State University.

“Many of our team members are highly visible and active in campus organizations and academic achievement at Howard University. The players understand the historical significance of their team being in existence and are proud of the unique position they are in.  They take pride in promoting the diversity of the sport of lacrosse.” said Milton.

For more information contact Duane Milton at 202-232-0734 or Donnie Brown at 443-762-6691 or log onto the Ebony Storm website at www.eteamz.com/HowardUniversityLax

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.    For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at www.Howard.edu

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