BALTIMORE – The sixth annual Champion® Challenge will take place Jan. 29 – 30, 2011 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The event, organized by US Lacrosse, will feature the U.S. men’s national lacrosse team, the U.S. women’s national senior and U19 teams, the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team, the University of Maryland women’s lacrosse team, the University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team, the Jacksonville University (Fla.) women’s lacrosse team and Rollins (Fla.) College women’s lacrosse team.
Two of the games will air on ESPNU. The U.S. men’s national team vs. Notre Dame will air Sunday, Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. The U.S. women’s national team vs. Maryland will air Monday, Jan. 31 at 12 a.m.
“This is a true Champion Challenge, with a three U.S. national teams having won the gold in their respective World Games, while Maryland is the standing 2010 NCAA women’s lacrosse champion and Notre Dame, a 2010 NCAA runner-up on the men’s side,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. “This will be an exciting weekend of the best lacrosse in the world, plus the educational events such as the youth clinics and sports psychology talk for parents are not to be missed.”
The U.S. men’s national team will face off against Notre Dame, while the U.S. senior women’s national team will play Maryland and Virginia. The U.S. U19 women’s team will take on Jacksonville and Rollins.
The U.S. men’s and women’s national team program will offer youth clinics for boys and girls, respectively, on Sat., Jan. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Both clinics are for lacrosse players, grades 3-12. Parents can register online at www.uslacrosse.org. Additionally, parents can attend a free discussion with leading sports psychologist Dr. Richard Ginsburg and learn about the developmental needs of children in the elementary school years as they progress through initial stagest of competitive, organized play. The parents’ clinic will take place Sat., Jan. 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
US Lacrosse is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, and is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams. Warrior Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. men’s national teams program. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment supplier to the U.S. women’s national teams program.
Champion® Challenge – A US Lacrosse Event Schedule (as of 11/16/10)
Saturday, January 29
1:00-3:00 Women’s Varsity Clinic (grades 9-12)
1:00-3:00 Women’s JV clinic (grades 9-10)
1:00-3:00 Women’ Youth Clinic (grades 1-6)
1:00-3:00 Men’s High School Clinic (grades 9-12)
1:00-3:00 Men’s Youth Clinic (grades 1-8)
4:30 U.S. Women’s U19 team vs. Rollins
5:00 Virginia Women vs. U.S. Women’s senior team
7:00 U.S. Women’s U19 team vs. Jacksonville
Sunday, January 30
11:00 a.m. Virginia Women vs. U.S. Women’s senior team
11:00 a.m. Maryland Women vs. U.S. Women’s senior team
1:30 p.m. Notre Dame Men vs. U.S. Men’s Team
1:30 p.m. Maryland Women vs. U.S. Women’s senior team
ESPN Wide World of Sports Event Ticket Prices
Adult One-Day Admission, $13.50
Child One-Day, $10.00
Children 3 and under are free
Tickets will be sold at the event at ESPN Wide World of Sports lacrosse ticket gate.
Each clinic is $55 with all proceeds benefiting Team USA and participants receive free admission to games on Saturday and Sunday at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Space is limited. Register online at http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Right/EducationTraining/NationalTeamClinics.aspx.
Anthony Travel – Official Travel Provider
US Lacrosse is proud to have Anthony Travel as the Official Travel Provider for the US Lacrosse Champion Challenge. As a full-service travel agency, Anthony Travel provides a one-stop travel resource for spectators and fans with hotel accommodations, airfare with negotiated group rates, theme park tickets, and car/van rentals.
Anthony Travel has discounted hotel accommodations located near ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For additional information, please visit AnthonyTravel.com or call (866) 913-7166.
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.
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