BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse is set to welcome nearly 1,100 lacrosse players from 33 states to the Orlando area for the Champion All-American Showcases and the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, presented by Champion. The marquee events feature teams and players from around the country at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of this year's ESPN RISE Games.
The US Lacrosse events begin Sunday, July 17 with the girls' Champion All-American Showcase. This event features many of top high school players in the country, including U.S. U19 national team members Madison Acton (Sudbury, Mass.), Alyssa Blevins (Bel Air, Md.), Kelsey Duryea (Beverly, Mass.), Christine Ferguson (Weston, Mass.) and Allison Murray (Exton, Pa.), and U19 training team members Anna Salemo (Littleton, Colo.), Sammy Jo Tracy (Bedford, N.Y.) and Rachel Vallarelli (Hartsdale, N.Y.).
Players from 26 states are participating on four all-star teams that will compete over a three-day period, culminating with the championship game on Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. The championship game will be aired live on espn3.com.
The boys' Champion All-American Showcase will be held July 20-22 with the championship game being aired on a tape-delayed basis by ESPNU on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. Players representing 31 states will compete, including five players from the recently named 2012 U.S. men's U19 national team — Connor Buczek (Amelia, Ohio), Ralph D'Agostino (Califon, N.J.), Kyle Keenan (Smithtown, N.Y.), Zach Oliveri (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and Tanner Ottenbreit (Parker, Colo.).
The US Lacrosse Girls' U15 National Championship, presented by Champion, runs July 20-22. Twenty teams representing 14 states will compete in the championship, which begins with pool play on July 20 and moves to bracket play on July 21. The Long Island Yellow Jackets (N.Y.) are the defending champions, while last year's runner-up, Stars Gold (Va.), is also in the field.
The US Lacrosse Boys' U15 National Championship, presented by Champion, will be held from July 22-24. This year's field features 27 teams from 16 states. Pool play will begin on July 22, and the top 16 teams will move onto the championship bracket on July 23 with 11 teams competing in the consolation bracket. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the two-time defending champion, and For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) is in the field for the third straight year after finishing as the runner-up in 2009 and 2010.
Lacrosse Magazine Online (www.laxmagazine.com) will have complete coverage and live blogs from all four events.
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 375,000 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.
Since 1919 Champion athleticwear has offered a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including sports bras, activewear, team uniforms, sweats and accessories. Champion athleticwear can be purchased at most sporting goods and department stores. For more information please contact us at 1-800-999-2249, visit www.championusa.com or at www.facebook.com/champion or follow us on Twitter @Championusa. Champion is a brand of Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)
About ESPN RISE
ESPN RISE represents ESPN’s commitment to engage and elevate high school student-athletes by providing them with recognition, resources, information and inspiration to improve their skills and achieve their goals. ESPN RISE assets include ESPN RISE Guy and Girl magazines, special issues for Football, Basketball, Track and Recruiting; ESPNRISE.com, mobile and social media products, and more than 160 high school events including Elite 11, Elite 24, ESPN RISE Games, ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, Area Code Baseball, ESPN RISE Girls Showcase, and ESPN RISE Nike Football Combines/Nike Football Training Camps. ESPN RISE is uniquely positioned to provide high school student-athletes and the company’s core fans with compelling high school sports content across multiple ESPN platforms. Check us out at Facebook.com/ESPNRISE and follow us on Twitter @ESPNRISE.
About ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 300 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 230-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including Champion Stadium, the HP Field House, the Jostens Center, the Hess Sports Fields and the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group to develop ground-breaking on-air products like Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom, as well as development of its new 3-D television channel. In addition, the complex features 56 high-definition cameras (42 robotic, 10 hand-held and four studio) and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, that can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex. The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Broadcast Center that features eight edit bays and links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.wdwnews.com for press releases, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports.