JAMIESON SHARING THE GAME HE LOVESJun 3, 2014
By Craig Rybczynski – What Rochester Knighthawks Cody Jamieson has achieved the past three seasons would rival anything in professional sports. Jamieson has led the Knighthawks to an NLL record three straight Champion’s Cup victories, while also teaching kids throughout the United States, Canada and First Nations communities about the game of lacrosse.
Committed to sharing the “Creator’s Game,” the Six Nations product has participated in “Walk With Us” events in an effort to grow the game among First Nations youth, helping kids embrace their cultural heritage. This past season, Jamieson and his Knighthawks teammates handed out dozens of sticks, donated by Team 22 and Under Armour®, as part of the “Walk With Us” stick giveaway program. Jamieson’s philanthropy also reached beyond the borders of his hometown, where he donated his time, sharing lacrosse with Rochester kids at local lacrosse camps and practices.
On Monday, June 9th, the Rochester community will give Jamieson something in return for his commitment to the game he loves with the presentation of the Rochester Press-Radio Club’s Elliot Cushing Award for promoting his sport on a national level.
“I am honored to be nominated, and even more thrilled to be chosen,” said Jamieson.
Jamieson becomes the second straight Knighthawks player to win the award, joining Rochester native Joe Walters, who earned one of Press-Radio Club’s prestigious honors in 2013. At the 65th Annual Day of Champions Dinner, “Jammer”, as he is known in lacrosse circles, will take home the award named after the Press-Radio Club's first president, who founded the annual charity dinner in 1950.
On the field, the 26-year-old former first-overall pick has established himself as one of the elite players in professional lacrosse. In his NLL career, he has an impressive 335 points (128+207) in just 65 games. In 2014, he tied his career high in goals (36), while establishing new marks for assists (72) and points (108) en route to his first NLL scoring title. He ranks in the Top 10 in team history in goals, assists and points after only four seasons. Raised in the lacrosse hotbed of Six Nations, Ontario, Jamieson is the owner of eight championship rings, which span his illustrious amateur and pro careers.
"He is patient, smart, never rattled, and lets the game come to him,” said Knighthawks Assistant Coach Paul Day. “He always sees the floor and anticipates the moves like a chess match. Sometimes he just wills the game his way, but only when needed. That's why he scores such timely goals.”
Jamieson has been at his best during the playoffs. During the Knighthawks’ latest championship run, he posted 22 points in six games, including six in Game Two of the 2014 Champion’s Cup Finals. In the 2013 Championship Game, he scored three goals in a six-point effort to lead Rochester to its second straight NLL Championship. In 2012, Jamieson captured his first of two straight Championship Game MVP awards after notching four goals and four assists in a come-from-behind 9-6 win over Edmonton.
“He is a game changer. He does so much for lacrosse both on and off the floor. He's been able to prove that over the past few seasons,” said Knighthawks Assistant Captain Mike Kirk. "He's a huge asset to the Knighthawks and a great asset to the lacrosse community.”