BALTIMORE, June 5, 2013 — The US Lacrosse Boys’ Southeast Championships, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, return to Raleigh, N.C., Friday through Sunday. Nearly 30 teams from five states will compete at the WRAL Soccer Center in the only youth lacrosse tournament in the region administered by the national governing body of lacrosse.
Age divisions for the event are U11, U13 and U15, and the top four teams in the U15 division will earn automatic invitations with free or discounted registration to the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, July 26-28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. While many of the teams hail from the Tar Heel State, others come from as far away as Louisiana and New Jersey.
The US Lacrosse Southeast Championships will mark its third consecutive year in Raleigh this weekend and is scheduled to return in June 2014 (dates TBA). Following successful events in 2011 and 2012, US Lacrosse extended a two-year deal with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau to return the event this year and next. US Lacrosse has been running youth tournaments since its 1998 inception.
“We’re very excited to host the US Lacrosse Southeast Championships in Raleigh, and we’re looking forward to another great tournament weekend for our participating teams and families,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse and a recently honored industry leader in Connect magazine’s “40 Under 40” feature.
“Raleigh is proud to welcome youth lacrosse teams and families for this weekend’s US Lacrosse Southeast Championships,” said Jason Philbeck, sports marketing manager for the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, a division of the GRCVB. “We maintain a great relationship with US Lacrosse and are happy to help showcase the growing sport of lacrosse in Raleigh.”
There is no admission charge for spectators at the US Lacrosse Southeast Championships. Games begin at 4 p.m. Friday. Championship games for all three divisions are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit www.uslacrosse.org/2013southeastchampionships and follow @uslaxchamps on Twitter.
About the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, as the official destination marketing organization of Raleigh and Wake County, accelerates sustainable growth and development by increasing visitor, convention, and sports business. The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, a division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, markets and promotes the area’s sports venues in order to create economic development for the region in the form of sports events, tournaments, championships and sports-related meetings. Through its websites, visitraleigh.com, raleighsports.org and other tools, the GRCVB assists local visitors in a variety of ways.