BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse announced today that the US Lacrosse Under-15 National Championships, presented by Champion, and the Champion All American Showcase will return to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The US Lacrosse U15 National Championships take place July 20-22 for girls and July 22-24 for boys as part of the ESPN RISE Games. The Champion Girls’ All American Showcase is July 17-19 and the Champion Boys’ All American Showcase is July 20-22.
"US Lacrosse is honored to take the lead in gathering the best national high school and U15 lacrosse players to compete on this great stage," said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. "We are excited to host two Champion-sponsored events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, as well as the top-notch talent that they will showcase."
The US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, presented by Champion, expand this year to begin with four regional championships. The Central, Northeast, Southeast and West Regionals, presented by Champion, will give teams opportunities to earn berths, higher seeds and registration discounts for the 32-team, bracket-format national championships. Registration for the regional and national championships is now open to all teams at www.uslacrosse.org/events.
2011 US Lacrosse U15 National Championships schedule:
West Regional Championship — May 13-15 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the Reach 11 Sports Complex
Northeast Regional Championship — May 20-22 in Amherst, Mass., at the University of Massachusetts
Central Regional Championship — June 10-12 in Arlington, Texas, at the Patterson Sports Complex
Southeast Regional Championship — June 17-19 in Raleigh, N.C., at the CASL Soccer Complex
National Championship — July 20-24 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
The Champion All American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, will feature select 2011 high school boys and girls US Lacrosse All-Americans competing on four teams. The boys’ championship game is scheduled to air on ESPNU and the girls’ championship is scheduled to air on ESPN3. Details on how high school lacrosse players are nominated and selected as US Lacrosse All-Americans can be found at www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Left/Players/HighSchool.aspx.
"As part of our commitment to growing the sport of lacrosse, it’s an honor to host the best high school players from across the country at the Champion All American Showcase," said Kevin Hall, president Champion Athleticwear. "We are excited to see these athletes display their talents on the field at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the best amateur facility in the U.S. We look forward to an action-packed event with our US Lacrosse partners."
"We are thrilled to host our nation’s best lacrosse teen athletes who will learn, train, compete and take their games to the next level for the second year at the ESPN RISE Games. Our annual two-week-long Games will feature athletes from a variety of sports: football, basketball, baseball, softball track & field, field hockey and lacrosse," said James Brown, senior vice president, ESPN RISE.
For more information about the 2011 US Lacrosse events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, please visit www.uslacrosse.org/events.
The ESPN RISE Games is a two-week-long elite and competitive level student-athlete focused event, anchored by four elite high school sports events: the Champion All American Showcase, a US Lacrosse boys and girls event, the AAU 17-under Boys Basketball Super Showcase presented by Champion, the Under Armour High School Softball All-America game and the elite 7-on-7 high school football event Champion Gridiron Kings. The ESPN RISE Games’ competitive channel youth sports include boys and girls lacrosse, softball, football, baseball, basketball, field hockey and track & field. The ESPN RISE Games expects to host more than 14,000 student athletes during the 2011 event.
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 has more than 300,000 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.
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About ESPN RISE
ESPN RISE represents ESPN’s commitment to engage and elevate high school athletes by providing them with recognition, resources, information and inspiration that can motivate them to improve their skills and achieve their goals to be the best athletes they can. ESPN RISE assets include ESPN RISE, GIRL, Hardwood and Gridiron magazines; ESPNRISE.com, and more than 160 high school events including Elite 11, Elite 24, ESPN RISE Games, ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, Faster to First, Area Code Baseball and Nike Combines/Nike SPARQ Mini Camps. ESPN RISE is uniquely positioned to provide high school athletes and the company’s core fans with compelling high school sports content across all ESPN platforms.
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 60 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 220-acre facility features 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 Production 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.