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06/13/2013 - 3:01pm

(June 13, 2013)… Back-to-back World Championships, a fourth-straight team Community Service award, and now selection to the National Lacrosse League’s first-ever All-Green Team. Not a bad month for Knighthawks star and Rochester native Joe Walters.

Walters was selected by the Knighthawks to serve as the team’s ambassador for green initiatives for his leadership qualities both on and off the field. Walter’s commitment to making a difference in his local community, while promoting environmental awareness were other factors in making the decision.

“It’s important that we do our part to raise awareness for green efforts in order to protect our natural resources,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “We’re pleased to announce a select group of players that will help us raise awareness in their home team markets and beyond.”

Besides hosting lacrosse camps and clinics, Walters has become a local leader in the team’s campaign against bullying. This year, Walters spearheaded the team's “We Got Your Back” program. The 28-year-old shared his personal experience to help convey the signs and solutions to bullying.

“Our main goal is to address the issue and tell kids not to be shy, stand up and tell someone when they do see it," said Joe Walters. “When kids see us and that we play for the Knighthawks, they might start to pay more attention.”

To date, Walters has addressed nearly 4,000 school children and visited 15 schools. As a result, he was named the team's Community Service award winner for the fourth straight season.

“The great thing about lacrosse is that the players are very accessible. Unlike a lot of sports, where the demands are greater, I think we are more in touch with what’s going on in the community,” he said. “I think it’s important to connect with our fans. As athletes, people look up to you. It’s important not to lose sight of that.”

The All-Green Team is part of the league’s partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. The league’s partnership with Green Sports Alliance began in 2011.  

Green Sports Alliance members represent over 170 sports teams and venues from 15 different sports leagues. The third annual Green Sports Alliance Summit will be held in New York City August 26-28. The three day program covers the most critical topics in professional and collegiate sports greening through a dynamic mix of workshops, industry roundtables, leadership plenaries, keynote professional trainings and venue tours.

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