Sixteen U-13 Boys Teams from Around the Country Will Vie for the Title of World Champion Live on ESPN2 on July 4, 2015
Denver, CO – Today, Jake Steinfeld, Founder of Major League Lacrosse, along with founding partners Steve Bornstein, Dave Morrow and Ray Schulmeyer, launched the Inaugural Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse presented by The Coca-Cola Company.
The Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse will be played July 2-4, 2015, in Denver, Colo. A blue ribbon panel of youth lacrosse coaches and administrators will help select a total of 16 U-13 boys teams from around the United States to compete, with a total of four teams each representing the North, South, East and West regions. Teams can also be nominated for consideration at www.worldseriesofyouthlacrosse.com.
All teams will play five games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The top two teams will advance to the Championship Game, which will be played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on July 4. A World Champion will be crowned live at 3 p.m. EDT ON ESPN2. Throughout the three-day competition, highlight films and interviews with players will be created and aired during the live broadcast of the Championship Game.
“In the 17 years since Dave Morrow, Tim Robertson and I founded Major League Lacrosse, this great game of lacrosse has exploded all over the world,” said Jake Steinfeld. “Creating the pinnacle of youth lacrosse as we did for the professional game is another dream come true. Bringing great partners and friends like The Coca-Cola Company, Warrior, MET-Rx, Wheels Up, the Denver Outlaws organization and ESPN will make this the greatest youth lacrosse experience on the planet.”
All players competing in the World Series of Youth Lacrosse will receive never-before-seen Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse apparel, including game shorts, a tech T-shirt and a hoodie, as well as a branded gear bag. In addition, all players will receive an official commemorative Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse stick. The two teams in the Championship Game will dress in NFL/MLL locker rooms and be outfitted in special Championship uniforms provided by Warrior.
In addition to competing in the event, players will participate in clinics hosted by members of the Denver Outlaws, attend autograph sessions with Outlaws players and other Major League Lacrosse stars and attend a banquet at Sports Authority Field at Mile High the night before the Championship Game. The event will conclude with all players being acknowledged at halftime of the Denver Outlaws MLL game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“We’re very excited to be able to provide youth lacrosse players with this incredible opportunity,” said Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse President Ray Schulmeyer. “It’s an event that I anticipate will grow substantially in the coming years. In fact, plans are already in expansion mode. In 2016, we will add a girls division and an international division, and by 2017 we will continue to move toward the ultimate goal of having eight boys and girls qualifying events in the United States and eight international qualifying events with combined participation of over 50,000 players.”
Major sponsors of the World Series of Youth Lacrosse include The Coca-Cola Company and Warrior Lacrosse. Partners include Wheels Up, MET-Rx, Body by Jake, EDGE Sports and Entertainment and the Denver Outlaws organization.