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In recognition of the fast-growing popularity of the sport of lacrosse within Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal has declared April 26 to be Georgia Lacrosse Day. This day of celebration coincides with the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference's (SELC) 27th annual championship tournament. From left are Heather Blanchard of the Johns Creek Convention and Visitor Bureau, South Forsyth High School lacrosse player Mason Muller, Northview HS lacrosse player Connor Redmond, Deal, Northview lacrosse player Alexa Rivard, Alpharetta HS lacrosse player Matt Moore and SELC President Doug Horn. (click for larger version)
April 15, 2014JOHNS CREEK, Ga. For the tenth year in a row, Johns Creek will host the three-day Southeastern Lacrosse Conference championship with added extras: the presentation of the 25th Anniversary Team and Hall of Fame inductees.
All events on Saturday and Sunday are at one location, Northview High School in Johns Creek. For the third year, the Johns Creek Convention and Visitor Bureau (JCCVB) is the title sponsor of the SELC championships.
JCCVB executive Heather Blanchard said the bureau is pleased to be the title sponsor again.
"This tournament is a great event for us. It brings more than 700 players, their families and their booster clubs," Blanchard said. "This is the largest college lacrosse conference. They come from Virginia, South Carolina and Florida to play."
Blanchard said the JCCVB also uses this event to showcase Johns Creek to lure visitors back for other events in the city such as the Johns Creek Arts Festival and this year's U.S. Amateur Open at the Atlanta Athletic Club in August.
Key to the continued success of the tournament has been the cooperation of Northview High School.
"Northview is a phenomenal host. They are the big reason the SELC keeps coming back," she said.
Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the alumni game will be played. Space is limited to the first 60 players. Alumni need to sign up at the field that morning. Alumni game players will receive two adult Saturday passes and will be given two lunch coupons good at the food vendors at the stadium.
The Division 2 semifinal games begin Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m.
During halftime of the Division 1 semifinal game (5:30 p.m.), the 25th Anniversary Team will take midfield to be recognized and receive their awards. There have been more than 10,000 players who have participated as members of the SELC, and only 60 players will be selected.
All 25th Anniversary Team members and Hall of Fame inductees will receive two adult weekend passes. Children 18 and under are free if wearing a jersey. Passes can be picked up at the Northview stadium gate.
Sunday morning at 10 a.m. will be the start of the 25th Anniversary game. All team members are encouraged to participate and should email Doug Horn, SELC president and tournament director, at email@example.com or 678-427-1097 to confirm they will be playing.
After the game, each team member and one guest will be treated to lunch at the V.I.P. tent at the stadium. The lunch will be provided by tournament sponsor Longhorn Steakhouse.
Sunday, at halftime of the Division 1 championship game (3 p.m.), the inaugural class of the SELC Hall of Fame will be inducted.
Tournament hotel information can be found at JohnsCreekCVB.com
AAC makes golf simulator part of lacrosse festivities
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. Visitors can improve their golf game and watch some great lacrosse when they attend the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference tournament, April 25-27, at Northview High School in Johns Creek.
The Atlanta Athletic Club, which is hosting the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 9-17, will have a golf simulator set up at the lacrosse championship. Visitors can take a few swings and get some tips from a PGA professional. It will be fun for all ages and all skill levels.
Representatives from the Atlanta Athletic Club will also be giving out tickets for the U.S. Amateur Championship. The event offers fans a chance to actually walk the fairways with competitors who may one day be a star on the PGA Tour. Former winners of the event include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
For information about the U.S. Amateur, visit www.2014usamateur.com.
For information about the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Championship visit http://www.selctournament.com.
Friday, April 25, game sites
Alpharetta High School
3595 Webb Bridge Road
Alpharetta, Ga. 30005
Northview High School
10625 Parsons Road
Johns Creek, Ga. 30097
South Forsyth High School
585 Peachtree Pkwy.
Cumming, Ga. 30041
Greater Atlanta Christian School
1575 Indian Trail Road
Norcross Ga. 30093
Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 site
Northview High School
10625 Parsons Road
Johns Creek Ga. 30097
Executive Editor, Appen Media.