Tigerville, S.C. – During the last week of June, Hunter Crandall posted on social media about his last days working at a local grocery store. A little over a week later, the rising senior lacrosse player was rested inside Newark Airport, waiting out a seven-hour layover for his 10 – hour plane ride to Israel.
“I’ve never flown before, so I am kind of jumping in feet first,” said the long stick middle from just down the road in Duncan, South Carolina. Crandall was heading to Netanya, Israel to play in the World Lacrosse Championships hosted by the Federation of International Lacrosse. Crandall will play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and work with “Team Serve”.
As part of FCA Lacrosse and Team Serve, Hunter Crandall will help reach, serve, and assist teams that represent 50 different countries. This list includes over 2,000 – athletes that Team Serve will assist, also running lacrosse and sports clinics, host devotional sessions around Israel, and help with game prep of other teams participating in the championships.
Crandall and his team which is made up of players from all divisions of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse will also have the opportunity to play teams from around the world including Uganda, Scotland, Russia, and South Korea while also serving these teams during the nearly two-week tournament.
In addition, Crandall is one of eight representatives from Conference Carolinas including seven players and a coach. These players will also represent eight different countries and territories including Jamaica, Irland, Puerto Rico, Latvia, England, Belgium, Greece, and the United States.
Coverage of the games is expected to begin on Thursday at 9:30 AM local time with Israel taking on Jamaica on ESPNU. The ESPN family of networks will broadcast the tournament on three different channels including ESPNU, ESPN2, and ESPN+ (Online). The schedule, as well as more information on the World Lacrosse Championships and the Federation of International Lacrosse, can be found by following the links below.