Paul Krome | @USLaxConvention
BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Philadelphia Wings have teamed up to help welcome the lacrosse community to Philadelphia for the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, Friday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 12, as well as the Wings’ home opener on Sunday, Jan. 12.
Attendees of the convention can save $10-20 on tickets to see the Wings play the Buffalo Bandits at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at Wells Fargo Center. At this game, the Wings will recognize the Philadelphia-based Re-Education Foundation’s (TREF) Tomahawk lacrosse program, which recently received a US Lacrosse First Stick Grant. The US Lacrosse First Stick Program provides new and developing teams resources, equipment, US Lacrosse membership, and training for coaches.
“We cannot thank US Lacrosse enough for its aid to the TREF Tomahawk program,” said Arthur Johnson, founder and executive director of TREF. “The equipment and lacrosse assistance given by US Lacrosse has been well received. I would also like to thank the Philadelphia Wings for giving my kids inspiration. They may or may not know it, but they are a guiding light to the growth of inner-city talent that is coming out of our city. Brett Manney, Kevin Crowley and others have been an asset to our growth. Go Wings!”
“The Wings have become synonymous with lacrosse in Philadelphia, and we appreciate their many contributions to what will be a special weekend for attendees of the US Lacrosse National Convention,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “We’d like to invite coaches and officials throughout greater Philadelphia to better themselves by attending our full convention, and also welcome lacrosse fans of all ages to attend Fan Fest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Saturday, Jan. 11.”
“The Philadelphia Wings are very pleased to be partnering with US Lacrosse. I personally have a close relationship with many members as well as their leadership team,” said Wings President Michael French. “The Wings have historically and currently include numerous U.S. National Team members. It has been our strategy to attract the best U.S. collegiate players and teach them the aspects of the indoor game and transition them into the Wings organization. We are very pleased with the success of this strategy.”
Lacrosse coaches, officials and administrators can purchase convention tickets online at uslacrosse.org/convention for just $115 before Jan. 2 (a savings of $45 vs. walk-up pricing). The convention ticket includes free post-event access to audio/video recordings and PowerPoints of all convention presentations.
The US Lacrosse National Convention has drawn approximately of 7,000 participants in each of the last two years, and it includes four live demonstration areas, 150 educational sessions, and business meetings for leadership groups within the sport.
The convention also includes the US Lacrosse Fan Fest, presented by TeamZila, STX and deBeer/Gait, which opens the convention center to the public Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lacrosse fans can check out gear and apparel from some 160 exhibitors in the sport’s largest expo hall, watch live demonstrations, and get autographs from members of Team USA and other top players.
The Wings will have a booth in the expo hall, and any fan wearing a Wings jersey to Fan Fest will be admitted for just $5 (general admission is $10).
For information on schedules, speakers, hotel discounts for attendees, Fan Fest, and to purchase a convention ticket, visit uslacrosse.org/convention. Follow the convention on Twitter @USLaxConvention (#LaxCon). Membership in US Lacrosse is required to attend the full convention.
The US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, is the sport’s largest educational event for coaches and officials. You can register for just $115 online by Jan. 2, a savings of $45 vs. the walk-up price Jan. 10-12 in Philadelphia.