Third Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic Scheduled for Feb. 6-8
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Pro Clinic
The event has grown at a pace which matches the sport throughout the country. In 2007, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic had eight teams; last season, that jumped to 17 squads; while this year's event has reached 27 teams scheduled to be in action. Recognized as one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, lacrosse has seen youth participation grow over 500 percent since 1999 to nearly 250,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 200,000 high school players. The high-speed game is also a fan favorite, drawing crowds of as many as 50,000 for NCAA Final Four games.
High schools scheduled to have teams in action at this year's Allstate Sugar Bowl event include New Orleans area squads from Brother Martin High School, St. Paul's High School, Archbishop Rummel High School and Jesuit High School. Lafayette High School and Comeaux High from Lafayette will be in action as well as Baton Rouge Catholic. Shreveport will be represented by Byrd High School and the Storm Lacrosse Club, while Mississippi contributes the Ocean Springs Lacrosse Club to the event. All of those teams will be looking to knock off two-time defending champion Klein High School from Houston. The team traveling the furthest distance will be the U15 team from the Ithaca Lacrosse Club in Ithaca, N.Y.
The event opens with the Premier Lacrosse Clinic, a free skills clinic on Friday, Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., featuring professional lacrosse standouts Spencer Ford, Liam Banks and Jordan Harris. The will also be a head-stringing clinic for players to learn proper technique for stringing lacrosse sticks. The clinic will take place at the Practice Track in New Orleans City Park. Following the free clinic will be a Head Stringing Seminar with Jordan Harris presented by Premier Team Sports - at approximately 7 p.m. The head stringing clinic has a $100 fee per person. Each participant will receive their choice of a Warrior Evo 2.0 or Brine Clutch unstrung head and hard mesh stringing kit to string during the class to keep and use.
In addition to competition prizes and giveaways throughout the tournament, there will also be a Shoot & Score Arcade presented by Warrior, a 2-on-2 Mini Lacrosse Challenge presented by Brine and an autograph session with the Major League Lacrosse stars.
More information on the event, as well as the sport of lacrosse in New Orleans, is available by visiting www.fonolax.com.
For more information about the Allstate Sugar Bowl and its many community events, please log on to its website www.allstatesugarbowl.org.