When he came to Bul­garia to help our fledg­ling lacrosse pro­gram in 2010, four-​time NCAA Div. II cham­pion Coach John Laden brought with him, apart from the 20+ years of coach­ing expe­ri­ence also the true spirit of lacrosse. The first thing he had us learn was not a fancy championship-​winning dodge or a spe­cial offense drill, but a sim­ple mes­sage that he instated as our team chant: WE AND US! That spe­cial empha­sis on team spirit embod­ies every­thing that makes lacrosse so spe­cial and sets it apart from all the other sports.


So when a few weeks ago we learned that he was diag­nosed with can­cer, we got together with our team, as well as our bud­dies from Vienna Mon­archs (whose tour­na­ment we attended with John a year ago) and with some of the other mem­bers of the Euro­pean lacrosse fam­ily that John was intro­duced to dur­ing his stay here, and made this video to show our sup­port. We have a spe­cial mes­sage to our newest foe that just like on the field, if you mess with one, you mess with all, and we invite you to join us on our lit­tle quest.


You can con­tribute to our cam­paign by either adding to our video-​chain (e-​mail: with your sub­mis­sions) or donat­ing (using the but­ton below) to help with John’s med­ical bills. Each per­son donat­ing $25 or more will receive one of our lim­ited edi­tion WEan­dUS T-​Shirts — and no, that’s not com­ing out of your money, but out of ours — we are donat­ing these t-​shirts too, as a way to raise aware­ness for our cause, which we truly hope you’ll help us with by wear­ing them proudly and uphold­ing the spirit of lacrosse. We appre­ci­ate your support!

Sticks up… WE AND US!

Bul­gar­ian Lacrosse & Friends