On Monday afternoon, Mayor Menino, "the biggest sports fan in Boston," stood before a crowd of Cannons fans and casual onlookers and declared it Boston Cannons Day in the city. After saying a few words about the Cannons adding another Boston championship, and talking about the team's community involvement, he read the official proclamation and presented it to Cannons owner Matt Dwyer (watch the video below).
Dwyer then spoke on behalf of the team, further emphasizing the players' and coaches' hard work and dedication, both on the field and in the greater Boston area, specifically through MetroLacrosse. Dwyer presented Mayor Menino with his very own Cannons jersey and sideline hat.
Finally, Emily Helm, the president of MetroLacrosse, said a few words about the strong partnership the Cannons and MetroLacrosse have built over the last 11 seasons.
It was an exciting addition to the ongoing celebration of the Cannons' first MLL Championship, and we thank the Mayor and the city for inviting us to City Hall Plaza for the recognition.
Check out the entire photo album from the event here.
Boston Cannons Day Proclamation
Whereas; The Boston Cannons, a founding franchise of Major League Lacrosse, in this, their 11th season, won their first Major League Lacrosse Championship and Steinfeld Trophy by defeating the Hamilton Nationals, 10-9, in the MLL Championship game on August 28th, 2011; and
Whereas; The Cannons showed resilience and tenacity by playing through Hurricane Irene on Saturday, August 27th in the semi-final game, coming from behind and scoring a last-second goal to defeat the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, 14-13; and
Whereas; In their 11 years as part of Major League Lacrosse, the Cannons have worked to integrate lacrosse into the greater Boston area, most notably through a partnership with MetroLacrosse. Through the partnership, the Cannons participate in MetroLacrosse fundraisers throughout the year, and along with sponsors have provided scholarships to assist stand-out MetroLacrosse student-athletes further their academic careers; and
Whereas; The Cannons provide family entertainment to lacrosse and sports fans across New England, providing the opportunity for young athletes to watch and learn from the best lacrosse players in the world, offering access to the players and coaches through camps and clinics throughout the year; and
Whereas; The Cannons add to the winning tradition of the city of Boston, bringing another professional sports championship and trophy to share with fans throughout New England as a token of thanks for the unwavering support over the past 11 years and continued support as they defend the title next season; NOW
Therefore, I, Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of the City of Boston, do hereby proclaim Monday, September 12, 2011 to be BOSTON CANNONS DAY in the City of Boston.