Kellen LeClair

people standing in line“Lacrosse as Medicine,” Monday at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, included a hands-on workshop in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse. Leading the workshop was Windsorite Rain Whited and his long-time friend and professional lacrosse player Kellen LeClair of the Buffalo Bandits.

Event highlights importance of lacrosse in Indigenous culture

Rain Whited was just four when his father thought he was old enough to begin playing organized sports.

“He asked me, ‘Do you want to play hockey or lacrosse?’ I didn’t even know what lacrosse was but I said, ‘Lacrosse.’ I think it was the Creator guiding me.”

For Whited, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, lacrosse went on to become an integral part of his life. He played for the Windsor Warlocks, Windsor Clippers, and Wallaceburg Red Devils until he aged out of competitive leagues locally at 21.