Friday morning, US Lacrosse joined in on a celebration that spans millions of people around the world by hosting its first Olympic Day celebration at US Lacrosse headquarters. The Olympic Day activities set out recognize the birth of the modern day Olympic Games, while shedding light on lacrosse’s efforts to return to the Games as a medal sport for the first time since 1908.

The lacrosse community came together Friday for a day of moving and learning. With a free one-hour LADM youth clinic and a chance to compete in the US Lacrosse WallBall Challenge, children were treated to a fast-paced experience at Tierney Field on a beautiful day.

But it all started with the Opening Ceremonies, led by US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen and Olympian Ashley Nee, who competed in canoe slalom in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“I’m excited to hear about your sport being included in the Olympic Games,” Nee told the crowd.

 Nee kicked off the festivities with a ceremonial “first shot.” And, of course, she scored.

Thus began the LADM clinic. US Lacrosse had certified Coach Development Program trainers on hand to run the children through a station-based practice, aimed at increased engagement and fun.

Gussie Johns and Katie Schwarzmann of the U.S. women's national team were also on hand to meet the clinic-goers and sign autographs, less than a week before the team heads to England for the 2017 FIL World Cup.

Nee, who brought her Pan-American Games medal, joined Schwarzmann and Johns, signing autographs and taking pictures with the children. But she couldn’t miss the chance to take one with the national team athletes, herself.

That’s it for US Lacrosse’s Olympic Day 2017. Stay tuned to US Lacrosse social media channels as the women's team heads to Guildford, England to compete in the FIL World Cup, and then to Wroclaw, Poland for the World Games — another step in the process to getting lacrosse back into the Olympic Games.