BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse has named Colorado Springs, Colo., as host city for the 2012 and 2013 Women’s Lacrosse Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. The El Pomar Youth Sports Park will host the events May 9-12, 2012, and May 8-11, 2013.
The WCLA, a collegiate, club-level league, consists of nearly 200 women’s teams from across the country. The teams compete in nine leagues that host roughly 4,500 players in two divisions. The Division I and Division II National Championships host 16 and eight teams, respectively.
Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Sports and Special Events Manager Cheryl McCullough said, "We’re ecstatic that Colorado Springs has the opportunity to host the WCLA event for both 2012 and 2013. The destination feels fortunate to be part of a significant collegiate lacrosse event. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and we look forward to bringing more lacrosse events to the city."
"We are excited to have been selected as the host venue site for the WCLA National Championships in 2012 and 2013," said Lauren C. Weiner, executive director for Colorado Springs Youth Sports Park. "Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., seeks to provide top rate facilities and sports opportunities for young people. This championship event will showcase exceptionally talented athletes, and we are honored to welcome US Lacrosse to the El Pomar Youth Sports Park and the City of Colorado Springs."
The 2011 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships, sponsored by Harrow Sports, are in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 4-7 at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. The University of Colorado is the No. 1 seed in the Division I field and Westminster College (Utah) is the No. 1 seed in the Division II field.
"We have enjoyed the hospitality that Scottsdale has shown the past three years as host for this tournament," said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. "The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., have displayed a great enthusiasm to host the 2012 and 2013 WCLA National Championships. We are excited to bring this event to their community."
The US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships began in 2001 and have previously been hosted in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver and Scottsdale.
For more information about the WCLA, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/wcla.
For more information about the 2011 WCLA National Championships, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Right/Events/2011WCLANationalChampionship.aspx.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has nearly 350,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
About The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is the leading marketing organization for group travel and tourism to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and internationalpresence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy.
About Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc.
Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that owns and operates the El Pomar Youth Sports Park. The organization’s goal is to provide opportunities and facilities for youth in sports and recreation. The park was built through a unique public/private/non-profit partnership. Park operations are funded by sponsorships, grants, individual donations, fundraising revenue and user fees.
About Harrow Sports
Harrow Sports is a recognized leader in high performance composite technology for sports equipment. Since its inception, Harrow has led the industry in game changing composites in squash, lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey. For more information please visit www.harrowsports.com.