Bradenton, Fla. (February 20, 2013) – The IMG Nationals, a lacrosse national championship, has announced the first wave of local qualifying events for 2013. The winners and runners-up at each regional qualifier will be invited to the world-renowned IMG Academy for the inaugural event held on Nov. 22-24, with the chance to earn the U15, U17 or U19 national championship title.
“We’re committed to providing a professional-quality year-end event, so we are selecting only the very best local and regional tournaments from around the country to sanction as qualifiers,” said Bill Shatz, Director of Lacrosse, IMG Academy, and IMG Nationals Tournament Director. “We’re ecstatic about the tremendous enthusiasm among tournament operators since we announced the IMG Nationals, and expect to finalize our final roster of 25-30 top-tier events by the end of March, securing the nation’s best youth teams for the national championship.”
The first set of selected regional qualifiers includes:
For the teams who earn an invitation to the IMG Nationals, top college coaches and media from around the nation will be present at the national championship event, granting players a unique opportunity for exposure. IMG Academy’s sponsors, such as Gatorade, will support the event with the latest in sports performance fuel and products. The event will also feature recruiting education from NCSA Athletic Recruiting to aid participants in their college pursuit.
Each divisional winner of the IMG Nationals will not only be crowned national champions, but will also receive a free week of lacrosse training at IMG Academy.
To learn more about the event, visit: http://www.imgacademy.com/img-nationals/. Teams interested in participating, or events interested in becoming an ‘Official Qualifying Event,’ are encouraged to contact Bill Shatz, Tournament Director ([email protected], 972-252-8476) or Jordan Satarawala, Tournament Manager ([email protected], 941-739-7497).