MILTON, Ga. – 16-year-old Milton resident Parker Jackson was an avid lacrosse player before his death in an automobile accident in 2006. To honor his memory, his family created the Legacy Lacrosse Cup, which begins April 12.
About 18 teams and 3,000 spectators will converge on Milton and Alpharetta for the tournament. The Milton and Cambridge High School stadiums are the home venues to games Friday afternoon and evening on April 12, and all day Saturday April 13.
North Park and King's Ridge Christian School fields will also be used.
“We're using every field we can get our hands on,” said Lauren Jackson, Parker's mother and head of the Cup.
The invitation-only Cup, now in its sixth year, brings together some of the best high school lacrosse teams in the nation to remember Parker by pushing players to make a difference and to impact their community, school, team, family and friends.
“I try to come up with a schedule of teams that are perceived as elite teams nationally,” Jackson said. “If they are ranked in the top 10 in their region,that speaks to the fact they are in top 60 in the nation.”
Teams from all over the nation will play over the weekend, both girls and boys teams.
“It's exciting to see what it's done,” Jackson said.
When Parker was killed in 2006, his family was devastated.
“He was a smart, athletic, good-looking and a well-liked 16-year-old boy,” said Jackson. “He had his whole future ahead of him. We wanted to create something that, if Parker was here, he would want to be sure to be a part of.”
By focusing on camaraderie, competitiveness and character, Jackson said the Cup hopes to impart upon the players the quality of the sport.
“Parker did not think he'd be here for 16 years and that's it,” Jackson said. “We really believe we can help [players] think about the impact they have on people's lives.”
For more, visit legacylacrossecup.com.
This article was published in the Forsyth Herald April 10, 2013 edition