BALTIMORE – The US Lacrosse National Convention’s popular event, Fan Fest, presented by ABC2, WMAR-TV, is back again for another year in Baltimore. Fan Fest will take place Saturday, Jan. 22 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. During this time, the largest lacrosse exhibition in the country will open its doors to the public. In the EXPO Hall, more than 140 vendors will showcase the latest lacrosse equipment, clothing, technology and more. At the event, ABC 2, WMAR-TV will reveal its 2011 college lacrosse season televised game schedule as well as other promotions.
In addition to the EXPO Hall, Fan Fest attendees will have the opportunity to watch live field demonstrations. The 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championships bound U.S. U19 women’s national team, the 2010 MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, Lacrosse Magazine’s lacrosse-specific strength and conditioning coach Rashad Devoe and Hall of Famer and Glenelg Country School boys’ head coach Tom Marechek will be just a few of the demonstrators slated for Saturday.
Reebok, the equipment sponsor of the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program instructional clinics, will bring its Watermelon Challenge to Fan Fest where fans will get a chance to mix it up with professional players in the contest and attempt to explode a watermelon with a lacrosse ball.
"With the help of dedicated outlets like ABC2, WMAR-TV, lacrosse is gaining more visibility and popularity in the media, through which lacrosse is available to people who might not otherwise get to see a game," said Bill Rubacky, US Lacrosse managing director of communications. "Last year we had a record attendance enjoy Fan Fest. This year we look forward to working with ABC2 to welcome anyone who wants to get a closer look at the game and industry."
The US Lacrosse National Convention annually draws more than 5,000 coaches, officials and program administrators to this lacrosse-specific educational weekend. The event boasts more than 170 educational sessions including live field demonstrations with elite coaches and 2011 US Lacrosse and NCAA rules interpretation sessions.
The cost to attend Fan Fest is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased on-site in the Charles Street Lobby of the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 12-4 p.m. Youth attendees, age 12 and under, who wear their teams’ lacrosse jersey get in for $5 and children age six and under will be admitted for free.
12 p.m. - U.S. U19 women’s national team, "Offensive & Defensive Drills for World Championships"
3 p.m. - Chesapeake Bayhawks, "Skills & Techniques to Win a Championship"
* both teams will sign autographs after their respective demonstrations
12 p.m. - Rashad Devoe, "How to Get Lightning Fast"
3 p.m. - Tom Marechek, "Team Stick Work and Shooting Drills"
For more information about the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention please visit www.uslacrosse.org/2011convention.
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 62 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 WMAR & Scripps
WMAR-TV was the nation’s 11th (and Maryland’s first) television station to sign on-the-air in 1947. The station has been the site of many technological breakthroughs: first with a color film processor for television news and production, and the first Zoom camera lens for film and tape cameras. WMAR is owned by the E.W. Scripps Company.
The E.W. Scripps Company is a diverse, 131-year-old media enterprise with interests in television stations, newspapers, local news and information Web sites, and content syndication. The company's portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 10 TV stations (six ABC affiliates, three NBC affiliates and one independent); daily and community newspapers in 13 markets and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service; and United Media, the syndicator of approximately 150 features and comics. For a full listing of Scripps media companies and their associated web sites, visit http://www.scripps.com/.