Top U-13 Boys Teams from Around the Country Will Vie for the Title of World Champion Live on ESPN2 on July 4, 2015
Denver – The field is set and the top club lacrosse teams in the United States will compete for the championship of the inaugural Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse Presented by the Coca-Cola Company, July 2-4 in Denver. After an exhaustive search, the Blue Ribbon Panel of the World Series of Youth Lacrosse has selected the best boys U-13 teams in the country to vie for this first World Championship, which will take place July 4 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. EDT and precedes the Denver Outlaws and Boston Cannons special Fourth of July Major League Lacrosse game that has the chance to be lacrosse’s most-attended game ever.
“When we started Major League Lacrosse 15 years ago, I wanted to give young lacrosse players a professional league they could aspire to play in and stars they could aspire to one day be,” said World Series of Youth Lacrosse founder Jake Steinfeld, also the founder of MLL. “All of these U-13 players have grown up with MLL, and this idea of the Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse Presented by the Coca-Cola Company — One Time, One Team, One Dream — is where that dream starts. The best U-13 lacrosse players in the country playing on a global stage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on the Worldwide Leader ESPN2, on America’s birthday: what a great way to start making your dreams a reality.”
The first-ever World Series of Youth Lacrosse Champion will emerge victorious from this talented list of teams:
• 3d Select Colorado
• C2C Dallas (Texas)
• Baltimore Lacrosse Club (Md.)
• Denver Elite (Colo.)
• Eclipse Lacrosse Club (Conn.)
• Leading Edge Elite 2020 (N.J.)
• Michigan Warriors (Mich.)
• Rising Sons Lacrosse (Penn.)
• Team 91 Crush (N.Y.)
• Team Carolina (N.C.)
“The worldwide growth of lacrosse is incredible, and we are seeing more and more talented players playing this great game every year,” said founding partner Ray Schulmeyer. “There are a host of elite club programs out there, and we appreciate everyone’s interest in what’s going to be the greatest youth lacrosse event on the planet. The teams we ultimately selected share our commitment to creating a true World Series experience with the best local teams representing their respective communities on the big stage and competing for the championship.”
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 versus Boston Cannons MLL game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, which annually draws 30,000 fans.
Make sure to purchase your tickets now for the Outlaws-Cannons game, which includes free admission to the World Series of Youth Lacrosse Championship and a huge fireworks celebration to celebrate the Fourth of July.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring these elite clubs to Denver to compete for the first-ever Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse Presented by the Coca-Cola Company Championship,” said Steinfeld, who founded the World Series of Youth Lacrosse along with Schulmeyer, Dave Morrow and Steve Bornstein. “We have amazing partners in The Coca-Cola Company, Warrior, MET-Rx, Wheels Up and the Denver Outlaws, and we can’t wait to be part of the thriving lacrosse hotbed of Denver. Now we truly have the best teams too, and they’re going to get an unbelievable experience with all the custom Warrior gear and live ESPN2 programming.”
Plans are underway to expand the World Series of Youth Lacrosse, with the addition of a girls tournament, international teams and a series of qualifying events next year and eventually a combined participation of 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.