The power of healing through sport

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Sports can be used as a healing tool, and that’s exactly what two Rapid City lacrosse players hope happens when they visit Charlottesville, Virginia. That’s where a white nationalist rally was held and a man allegedly drove his car into a crowd, killing one and injuring at least 19.

Lacrosse is a sport with a long history and now has become the fastest growing sport in the United States. But, for members of the 7 Flames, it’s more than a sport.

Angelo Ruiz, a captain of the 7 Flames, is glad that he is able to go to Virginia to help with the healing process.

“It’s a healing game, it’s medicine. To me it’s truly, truly spiritual game. It honored me in ways I never thought possible,” said Ruiz.

The 7 Flames coach organized a game with the University of Virginia’s men’s lacrosse coach, Larz Tiffany, to promote healing.

“So, Lars Tiffany got a hold of the 7 Flames owner and general manager, Cody Hall. And Cody let the kids know, this is what we want you guys to do. He asked, 'Are you guys able to make it and along with our team captains, able to represent the 7 Flames,'” said Jeremiah Moreno, one of the 7 Flames coaches.

The game will be played on Friday, Oct. 13th, following the University of Virginia’s alumni game.

Pearl Cano, a captain doe the 7 Flames, thought that the game was goofy when she first started playing, but has come to find the connections players can make.

“Us playing is going to bring everyone together, and it’s going to make everyone feel like we’re all there for each other,” said Cano.

“It’s an honor to watch them grow and it’s going to be an honor to continue watching them grow. It’s been an honor to watch them play this game because it brings medicine to me,” said Moreno.