January 12, 2012

US Lacrosse Convention, Fan Fest Head to Philadelphia This Weekend

from press release

The 2012 US Lacrosse National Convention is expected to attract roughly 5,000 attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia this weekend.
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BALTIMORE — The US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion, and the US Lacrosse Fan Fest will bring roughly 5,000 lacrosse coaches, officials, administrators, trainers, players and fans to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia Friday through Sunday.

The convention runs Jan. 13-15 and annually is the largest professional development and networking event in the lacrosse world for coaches, officials and administrators at all levels of play. Walk-up registration at the convention center will be available for $150.

“The lacrosse community is a very active community, particularly in regard to developing the sport,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “We’re delighted to have many of the game’s most knowledgeable coaches and officials speak at our convention. They’ll provide their counterparts at the youth and high school levels with valuable lessons and tips for making the lacrosse experience better for their local teams, leagues and communities.”

Former Philadelphia Eagle and NFL head coach Herm Edwards will return to the City of Brotherly Love and deliver the convention’s keynote address at 7 p.m. Jan. 13. Former four-time Super Bowl referee Jerry Markbreit will speak to all lacrosse officials at 5 p.m. Jan. 14.

Among the coaches scheduled to speak at the convention: Richie Meade (U.S. men’s senior team, former Navy coach), John Danowski (Duke men), John Walker (Virginia men), Chris Collins (Drexel men), Jim Berkman (Salisbury men), Jason Lamb (Adams State men), Tim Flynn (U.S. U19 men), Kelly Amonte Hiller (Northwestern women), Ricky Fried (U.S. women’s senior team, Georgetown), Kelly Berger (UMBC women), Karin Brower Corbett (Penn women), Janine Tucker (Johns Hopkins women), National Hall of Famers Bonnie Rosen (Temple women) and Chris Sailer (Princeton women), Lindsey Munday (USC women), Amber Falcone (Vanderbilt women), Katrina Dowd (Syracuse women) and Krystin Porcella (U.S. U19 women).

For more on the convention, including speaker schedules, hotel information and registration, visit uslacrosse.org/2012convention. Like the convention at facebook.com/uslnationalconvention. Follow the convention at twitter.com/uslaxconvention. Tweet using the hashtag #laxconvention.

The US Lacrosse Fan Fest is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 14. Fan Fest will feature demonstrations by players from the U.S. national teams and the Philadelphia Wings on the STX Live Field, and an appearance by Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”), lead actor of the upcoming “Crooked Arrows” lacrosse feature film. Autographs will be available. Fan Fest also includes the sport’s largest exposition hall, featuring 140 vendors with lacrosse gear, equipment, apparel and services. Fan Fest tickets are $10 onsite at the convention center, and just $5 for players wearing lacrosse jerseys. Fan Fest info is available at uslacrosse.org/2012fanfest.

will have continuing coverage from Philadelphia throughout the weekend, including a live blog beginning Friday, and videos, photos and insights from the expo hall and Convention speakers.

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