Paul Krome | @paulkrome
BALTIMORE — The US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, and the US Lacrosse Fan Fest, presented by TeamZila, STX and deBeer/Gait, brought more than 7,000 lacrosse coaches, officials, administrators, players, industry representatives and fans to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia Friday through Sunday.
As I was helping to pack up items at the convention center early Sunday afternoon, a gentleman recognized me as the former editor of Lacrosse Magazine (to which I assured him that the publication was in infinitely better hands with Matt DaSilva at the helm) and told me this was his first convention. He mentioned he had read the story in the November 2013 edition that quoted Martin County (Fla.) High School girls’ coach Bob Windsor after attending his first convention 11 months earlier: “I’ll never not go again.”
“I’ll never not go again, either, no matter the expense,” said Dave Johnson, a coach in Sandy, Utah. “This was awesome.”
Hearing those comments certainly made the months of preparation and event execution well worth it. The convention is the ultimate forum for the type of person-to-person knowledge exchange that will help the sport’s development in terms of both the quantity of participants and the quality of players, coaches and officials.
Much of the lacrosse media attended, and it’s not unsurprising to hear and see several similar comments about the value of the event from both writers and interviewees. Below you’ll find a sampling of stories, photos and videos from traditional media coverage of the convention.
Note: this does not include social media, through which the lacrosse community generated considerable buzz. Lane Errington of our communications team reported 4,816 original posts to Twitter and Instagram using #LaxCon. That’s before any retweets.
Simply amazing, and thank you for spreading the word about the event.
“Sights and Sounds from Day 1 of #LaxCon”
“Gallery: #LaxCon Day 1 Photographs” (photo gallery)
“Clement Mixes Humor, Inspiration in Keynote”
“The BEST Video from #LaxCon 2014” (video)
“#LaxCon – The People” (video)
“#LaxCon – The Products” (video)
“2014 US Lacrosse National Convention Wrap Up” (video)
“Recap Video: 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention” (video)
In Lacrosse We Trust
“US Lacrosse National Convention Laxtacular”
“One on One with Kyle Harrison”
“US Lacrosse Convention 2014: Day 1 Sights”
“US Lacrosse Convention 2014: Day 2 Sights”
“US Lacrosse Convention 2014: More Sights”
Maryland Sports Insider
“MSI with Tony Seaman at the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft” (video)
“MSI with Dave Pietramala at the 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention” (video)
“MSI with Greg Gurenlian at the 2014 MLL Draft” (video)
“Wrightsville Man Posthumously Honored by US Lacrosse”
“Youth 1 at the US Lacrosse National Convention”
Photo Credit: John Strohsacker
Save the date! The US Lacrosse Convention moves to Baltimore Jan. 23-25, 2015. Make plans to join the largest gathering of the lacrosse community at a non-field event each year. Stay tuned to USLacrosse.org for info about registration.