TOM GARRITY NAMED EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

League announces Executive Award Winners & Writer of the Year

05/06/2008

Since Garrity took command as President & Governor of the Minnesota Swarm prior to the 2007 season, Swarm attendance has risen 36% from an average of 8,372 fans per game in 2006 to 11,405 in 2008.
The naming of the 2008 National Lacrosse League season award winners continues today with the announcement of the 2008 NLL Executive of the Year Award, won by Minnesota Swarm President Tom Garrity. The league also announced today that Paul Tutka of NLLInsider.com has won the "Tom Borrelli Award" for NLL Writer of the Year for 2008 and the league revealed the winners of the 2008 Team Executive Award winners, honoring the individuals who work behind the scenes.

GARRITY NAMED EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Minnesota Swarm executive wins league honor

Tom Garrity has been named the 2008 National Lacrosse League Executive of the Year. Since Garrity took command as President & Governor of the Minnesota Swarm prior to the 2007 season, Swarm attendance has risen 36% from an average of 8,372 fans per game in 2006 to 11,405 in 2008. Garrity, a native of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, was named Marketing Executive of the Year in 2007.

Previous winners of the award include; Dave Zygaj of the Buffalo Bandits, Angela Batinovich of the Portland LumberJax, Steve Govett of the Colorado Mammoth, Brad Banister of the Calgary Roughnecks, Russ Cline of the Philadelphia Wings and the late Les Bartley of the Toronto Rock.

PAUL TUTKA WINS "TOM BORRELLI AWARD" FOR WRITER OF THE YEAR
NLL Insider writer has given league unprecedented coverage in 2008

The 2008 winner of the "Tom Borrelli Award" presented to the Writer of the Year, is Paul Tutka of NLLInsider.com, which is powered by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Tutka has established himself as one of the leading journalists covering the league, providing thorough and insightful coverage to the readers of both Inside Lacrosse Magazine as well as NLLInsider.com throughout the 2008 season.

Previous winners of the "Tom Borrelli Award" for Writer of the Year, include; Ty Pilson (2007, Calgary Sun), Sal Maiorana (2006, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) and Mike Korreen (2005, Toronto Sun).

LEAGUE ANNOUNCES TEAM EXECUTIVE AWARDS
The National Lacrosse League has also announced the winners of the 2008 Team Executive Awards, which were created to honor those who work behind the scenes.

2008 Team Executive Awards:
Ticket Sales Executive of the Year - Joel Jordan, Minnesota Swarm
Marketing Executive of the Year - Brian Kitts, Colorado Mammoth
Operations Executive of the Year - Jimmy Butler, New York Titans
Sponsorships Executive of the Year - Dave Reeder, Colorado Mammoth
Public Relations Executive of the Year - Terri Workman, Toronto Rock

2008 Other Team Awards:
Equipment Manager of the Year - Jimmy Butler, New York Titans
Athletic Trainer of the Year - Sherri Lashomb, Buffalo Bandits