Lake Placid Lacrosse is hosting more than 245 teams playing in 18 divisions of competition during the 25th Annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic, August 4-10 at the North Elba Show Grounds. More than 5,000 people are expected at the event. The film “America’s First Game”, followed by a lacrosse symposium, will be shown at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Tuesday night, Aug. 5, at 7:30 pm.
Lacrosse is a Native American contact sport, originally played with large teams (100 to 1,000 or more) over a third of a mile field from sunup to sundown for days. Lacrosse was part of ceremonial ritual first described in writing in 1637 by Jean de Brébeuf, a French Jesuit missionary among the Mohawk in present day New York. Today it is a widely popular sport with of teams of 12, especially in the Eastern United States and Canada.
The film “America’s First Game” 7:30 is produced by Dennis Deninger, an Emmy award-winning production executive and professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University where he was named Falk College Faculty Member of the Year for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. “America’s First Game” is narrated by SU alum Mike Tirico of ESPN. The ensuing symposium will feature many of the sport’s top leaders. Tickets for the film are $10 for adults and $4 for youth. High school lacrosse teams are invited free of charge if organized through their coaches.
As part of the Summit Classic, Lake Placid Lacrosse is supporting Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to promote awareness of WWP’s mission and to help raise funds to assist this generation of servicemen and women who were injured while serving our country. A series of special events will be incorporated into the week-long tournament as part of the Legends of Placid Lacrosse celebration of the event’s first twenty-five years in Lake Placid.
Over 50,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts, according to WWP. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
Lake Placid Lacrosse (LPL) has operated the Summit Lacrosse Tournament since 1990 in the Village of Lake Placid. LPL also runs camps and other lacrosse events, most recently adding the Northstar Invitational, an elite girl’s invitational recruiting camp operated in collaboration with WomensLax.com.
The Summit Tournament is one of the nation’s oldest and most highly attended events with more than 245 teams currently participating, including 20 college alumni programs.
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About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project, is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
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