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Philly Showcase will kick off with Charity Showdown event featuring 10 top club, HS teams at PPL Park

Monday, 10th September 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club, Events, High School, Recruiting, Tournaments  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/10/12
From Press Release

NXTsports is very proud to announce that the 2012 Philly Showcase weekend will begin with a star-studded Philly Charity Showdown on November 16 at PPL Park in Chester.

The Philly Charity Showdown will feature a monumental lineup of elite high school and club teams in action at an amazing venue. The Friday evening Philly Charity Showdown has become a Philly Showcase weekend tradition, and this year NXTsports will again raise money to benefit HelpHOPELive in honor of Logan Schweiter.

This year’s Philly Charity Showdown will feature a tremendous lineup of club and high school lacrosse matchups, pitting some of Philadelphia’s finest high school and club programs against elite counterparts from across North America. The Philly Charity Showdown session has proven highly popular with college coaches arriving in town Friday afternoon for Philly Showcase weekend. Last year coaches from 150 NCAA lacrosse programs attended the Philly Showcase, and over 80 arrived in time to attend the 2011 Friday evening Charity Showdown.

The start times and order of the games of the Philly Charity Showdown are still being finalized, but the lineup will consist of the following club and high school matchups:

Club Matchups

• HEADstrong (PA) vs. Leading Edge (NJ)
• Mesa Fresh (PA) vs. Laxachusetts (MA)
• NXT L.C. (PA) vs. Titanium (OH)

High School Matchups

• Haverford School (PA) vs. Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada)
• Episcopal Academy (PA) vs. Conestoga (PA)

Said Andy Hayes, President of NXTsports, “The Philly Showcase has become the biggest showcase event in the country, and one of the biggest events on the annual lacrosse calendar. We want the Friday night Philly Charity Showdown to reflect the status of the overall event, so we decided to move Friday night to PPL Park.

“PPL is a tremendous venue for lacrosse and playing there is an exciting opportunity for all the participating athletes. We look forward to putting on a great show and raising a lot of money for HelpHOPELive. Additionally we are extremely grateful to the Philadelphia Union and the management of PPL Park for their assistance in making this event a reality.”

Nick Sakiewicz, the CEO and Operating Partner of Philadelphia Union, stated “The Philadelphia Union and PPL Park are pleased to host the Philly Charity Showdown. PPL Park will provide a great showcase for high school lacrosse players to demonstrate their skills. We look forward to hosting the Philly Charity Showdown for many years to come at PPL Park and wish the best of luck to all of the terrific high school athletes in action.”

Tickets for the Event (All Ticket Proceeds to Benefit HelpHOPELive)

The Philly Charity Showdown at PPL Park is open to the public. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, and all kids 12 and under are welcome to attend for free.

NXTsports will also host a special VIP reception in the PPL Park Stadium Club featuring food, drinks and a silent auction with the proceeds going to HelpHOPELive. All guests at the VIP reception will have a full view of the action on the field from either within the Stadium Club or from the adjoining outdoor deck overlooking the field.

There are 200 tax-deductible tickets available for the VIP Reception. Both general admission and VIP Reception tickets will be available very soon, check ShowcaseLacrosse.com for ticketing details in the coming week. To immediately put your name on the VIP Reception information list please email Kara Geiman (kara@iamnxt.com).

NXTsports wishes to thank PPL Park/Global Spectrum and the Philadelphia Union for their efforts in making this event happen. NXTsports also wishes to thank the coaches and club directors of the participating teams for their support of the Philly Charity Showdown: Brodie Merrill from Hill Academy, John Nostrant & Mark Petrone from Haverford School, Brian Samson from Conestoga, A.J. Auld from Titanium, Marc Moreau from Leading Edge, Pat Carney from Mesa Fresh, Brian Neary from HEADstrong, and Mike Connelly, Dan Chouinard & Sean Morris from Laxachusetts.

About HelpHOPELive

HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF) is a nonprofit that empowers individuals and families to overcome financial barriers related to catastrophic injury through grass-roots fundraising. HelpHOPELive provides the guidance, resources and support needed to raise funds to bridge the gap between what health insurance will pay and what is actually needed to heal, live and thrive.

Additional Ways to Assist Logan Schweiter and the Schweiter Family

For the second consecutive year the Philly Charity Showdown will raise money for HelpHOPELive in honor of Logan Schweiter. Logan, a student at St. Katherine’s of Siena School in Wayne and an enthusiastic rising lacrosse player in the Conestoga Youth Lacrosse (CYLAX) program, nearly drowned when trapped before being rescued from floodwaters near his Wayne, PA home in July 2011. Logan is fighting to recover from severe brain damage suffered as a result of the tragic incident. HelpHOPELive has been instrumental in supporting Logan and the Schweiter family, as well other families who have suffered catastrophic injury.

Can’t attend, but would like to help Logan? Visit www.helphopelive and enter Logan Schweiter in the Find a Patient section of the homepage.


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