Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament celebrating 25 years
A total of 68 teams from across the country will compete over the next two weekends in the 25th annual Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament in Incline Village.
The tournament, which started in 1991 in Tahoe Vista with six teams, celebrates its 25th anniversary with the largest number of participants in its history. The 2015 event will feature 32 men’s teams, 14 women’s teams, 10 Master’s teams (ages 30 and up) and 12 boys U19 teams.
Action will take place at Village Green Park and Incline High School, starting with the Masters division this Thursday through Saturday. The tournament continues with the men’s open division from Friday through Sunday, the women’s open division Saturday and Sunday, and the boys U19 division from July 24-26.
Admission is free as spectators will be treated to some of the highest level of lacrosse in the country. Vendors will also be on hand selling food, drink, and lacrosse apparel and equipment.
Started by Carl Steiner, the Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament has served as a fundraiser for the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation (HSLF) since 2009.
HSLF is dedicated to growing the sport of lacrosse in northern Nevada and the Sierra, and has donated more than $120,000 directly to youth and high school programs in Reno, Sparks, Truckee, North Tahoe and surrounding areas for start-up, uniforms, coaching education and certification, officials, etc.
The foundation also has a vibrant outreach program in which volunteers visit local schools for a day and introduce students to lacrosse during their physical education classes. They donated more than $12,000 worth of “soft sticks” equipment to local high schools, middle schools and elementary schools as part of this program.
Schedules for all divisions of the Lake Tahoe Lacrosse Tournament are available at http://www.highsierralax.org. The boys U19 schedule is pending.
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