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AMERICA’S OLDEST SPORT IS SOUTH FLORIDA’S NEWEST FREE ATTRACTION

WESTON, Fla. – Move over football! Lacrosse is quickly gaining popularity across college campuses, on high school playing fields and among elementary school students. To help support this new wave of interest among America’s youth, Boca Raton, Fla.-based Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation will host the Tenth Annual Men’s Florida Lacrosse Classic, January 14-16 at Tequesta Trace Park, 600 Indian Trace in Weston, Fla.

Officially declared the national sport of Canada in 1867, lacrosse is the oldest team sport in North America. Some believe its roots may be traced to the fifth century but most sport historians believe that lacrosse originated in the 12th century as means for Native Americans to resolve conflicts, heal the sick, develop strong virile men and prepare for war. The sport has undergone many modifications, particularly in the length of the game and number of players on each team. Recently lacrosse has gained increased visibility in the media through the growth of college, high school and youth programs across the country.

“The Florida Lacrosse Classic offers the perfect opportunity for mature players to have some fun in the sun, play on a team and raise money to fund new and fledgling youth programs,” explained Don Clinton, chairman of the Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation. “Lacrosse is America’s fastest-growing youth sport and the Foundation has contributed more than $145,600 in funds and equipment to more than 80 eligible youth lacrosse programs. But the need increases exponentially as the sport’s popularity continues to explode among the younger generation.”

The 10th annual tournament will consist of 37 teams from across the United States competing in more than 100 games being played over the three-day event. Twenty-one teams, including the FROGS (Florida Real Old Guys), the South Florida host team, will battle for the crown of National Champion in the Men’s Grand Master Division (age 45 ) and 14 teams will compete to win the National Championship Men’s Half Century Division (age 50 ). The tournament also will host its fourth annual Past Masters Game for the “older, more mature” lacrosse player, a “just for fun game” for players who will be 60 years young by the end of 2011.

Admission to the games is free and open to the public. Revenue for the foundation is generated through the sale of a variety of collateral material at the game as well as a participation fee for players.

About Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation

Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization established to raise awareness and funding for youth lacrosse. Its primary goal is to provide support for Youth Lacrosse programs throughout the State of Florida. The Foundation encourages growth of the sport by making available guidance and resources to new or struggling programs. Recipients are chosen from financial aid requests submitted to the Foundation ranked on the basis of maximum benefit, need, quality of organization, and their prospect for future success. To date, the Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation has contributed more than $145,600 in funds and equipment to more than 80 eligible youth lacrosse programs.

The Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation is located at 500 N.E. Spanish River Boulevard, Suite 14 in Boca Raton, FL 33431. To help support or learn more about the Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation, visit www.floridalaxclassic.com.

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