Lacrosse Legend Jojie Engemann (Son of Legend)
Our interview with Jojie Engemann is unique in that he is a son talking about his parents and their legendary contributions to the game.
And Jojie was a fine player in his own right. Rose and Joe Engemann were inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as Builders – for their tireless efforts in the creation and operation of the Spartan Athletic Club.
It all began for their family when the Engemanns registered Jojie to play minor lacrosse in St. Catharines.
That is how an amazing story of building a sports community was initiated. The Spartan program began in 1963. During its peak in the 1970’s and 80’s as many as 2,000 boys and girls were playing in five different sports including lacrosse.
The most notable achievement, besides the joy of sports provided to thousands of youth, was the success of the 1981 and 1996 St. Catharines Spartans in winning Founders Cups.
Jojie Engemann tells the inside story of the dedication and sacrifice his parents made to create a laudable lacrosse organization.